Monday, December 6, 2010

Making Daddy proud: Will Smith cheers from the crowd as little Willow whips her hair around at Christmas concert

By Daily Mail Reporter

Grand enterance: Willow Smith wows the crowd at the Holiday Tree Lighting at Nokia Live in Los Angeles

Willow Smith is taking after her famous father more and more each day as she follows the road to musical stardom.

The 10-year-old pint-sized singer entertained scores of Christmas revellers at the L.A. Live Holiday Tree Lighting in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend.

Proud parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith watched from the audience as their daughter belted out her new hit single, Whip My Hair with a festive twist.

Angelically dressed in an all-white tracksuit complete with a candy cane-inspired hairpiece and gold Michael Jackson style gloves, Willow got into the Christmas spirit as she took to the stage enveloped in puffs of white smoke.

Ever the consummate professional, the singer took to the stage like duck to water using every ounce of energy to give it her all.

So it’s no wonder mega music mogul Jay-Z signed her.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, says he signed Will Smith’s daughter after he was blown away by her musical capabilities at such a young age.

Taking the world by storm: The 10-year-old showed confidence beyond her years as she took to the stage

Belting it out: Willow performs her hit song Whip My Hair

'I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded a nine-year-old, and I was like "Man, that record's a smash,"' he said in an interview on the Ryan Seacreast’s Kiss FM radio show back in September. '[I was told that she was] nine and I was like "Whoa," [but then I found out she was Will Smith's] daughter and I was like "Whoa, whoa!"

‘It just went from there. So then I went to Japan to do some stuff, and [the Smith family] was out there in Japan, and I met Willow and the first thing she said was, "I'm really nervous."

'I thought that maturity to explain exactly how she's feeling as she walked in the room, I knew right then that she was a star. I believe in big records on super stars, and I think she's got both.'

Like father, like daughter: Willow is passionate about her career

Willow takes after her father Will, who also has also found success as a recording artist.

She says she still can't help but hide her excitement about her new-found fame.

'It's very, very amazing and it's very overwhelming,’.

'All of the red carpet and the [cameras] flash[ing] and all the people wanting to meet you, it's very, very, very overwhelming for a nine-year-old,’ she told Ryan during same radio segment back in September.

And she had every right to be happy last night.

Willow shared the limelight with musical legends Stevie Wonder, who performed a song with 13-year-old singer and pianist, Greyson Chance and UK singer Seal.

The scripted one-hour special which was broadcast live on KTLA, also included appearances from American rock band Plain White T's, 90210’s Jessica Lowndes and Jersey Shore's Paul 'Pauly DelVecchio who spun some tracks on the DJ deck.

Music legends: Stevie Wonder and Seal got the crowd going with some Christmas cheer

Other highlights included an ice-skating demonstration by American Olympic Gold Medallist Evan Lysacek and a fire-breathing performance by a local Circus Performance Art Troupe called Cirque Bezerk.

A pair of Rockettes was also on hand to flip the switch to light the tree.
Willow will be taking her music talents across the US this month.

She will perform at the Power Live Holiday Party at New York’s Highline Ballroom next Saturday.

Party Time: Jersey Shore's Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio and Jessica Lowndes also join the fun

She and her brother Jaden were also recently named Entertainers of the Year by US magazine Entertainment along with music stars Taylor Swift and Kanye West.

Willow, who picked Lady Gaga, B.o.B, and Eminem as her favourite entertainers of 2010, says she also wants to pursue acting.

I’m focusing on music right now, but I’m going to pick acting up soon,' she told the magazine.


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