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2012 NYE photos: Nicki Minaj rings in 2013 at Pure in Caesars Palace


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Nicki Minaj hosts the New Year’s Eve soiree at Pure in Caesars Palace on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

2012 NYE: Nicki Minaj at Pure

Nicki Minaj hosts the New Year's Eve soiree at Pure in Caesars Palace on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Launch slideshow »

2012 NYE: Fireworks Above the Strip

New Year's Eve fireworks above the Strip as seen from atop the Rio on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Nicki Minaj at Pure on NYE 2012

Singer, actress and new “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj celebrated New Year’s Eve by hosting a celebration Monday night at Angel Management Group’s nightclub Pure in Caesars Palace.

Minaj arrived about 11:30 p.m. in a blonde wig and dressed head-to-toe in gold, from a tight gold dress to gold platforms and gold accessories. She looked absolutely stunning, possibly the best she’s ever looked on a red carpet.

While posing for photographs on the red carpet, she said that her New Year’s resolution was “I’m not buying anymore shoes” and that, in 2013, she looks forward mostly to “my clothing line and working on my third album.” She talked about why she came to Las Vegas to celebrate: “Vegas is symbolic of New Year’s Eve … it’s just an exciting place to be for New Year’s Eve.”

Inside, the Justin Bieber “Beauty and a Beat” collaborator got on the mic and began the countdown to 2013 on the outside terrace and donned a blue leather jacket in the chilly night. When the clock struck midnight, Minaj greeted everyone with “Happy New Year” and a champagne toast amid the fireworks above the Strip, which contributing photographer Tom Donoghue shot from “fireworks central” atop the Rio.

After the fireworks, Minaj was escorted back inside to a VIP table in the main room and partied with her large group of friends, family and boyfriend Scaff Beezy. After 1 a.m., she walked to the main stage and got on the mic to wish everyone a “Happy New Year” again and then performed her hits “Moment 4 Life” and “Starships.”

Minaj and her entourage danced, partied and celebrated the New Year until the early hours. Thanks to Jonathan Leibson of Getty Images for his photo gallery and to Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter for his video of Minaj posted on YouTube. Pound the alarm!

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