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It’s official! In what is probably one of the worst kept secrets Hollywood has seen for a while, Nicki Minaj’s reps have announced that she will be the opening act for Britney Spears’ upcoming tour, replacing Enrique Iglesias.

The rumors of who will be her opening act have been swirling, with both Nicki Minaj and Usher’s names being cast as hot favorites, according to TMZ. Although the tour has been racked with problems following the departure of Iglesias, it is still set to be the hottest ticket in town. Her latest album, ‘Femme Fatale,’ debuted at No. 1 on the charts, selling more than 276,000 copies in its first week alone, so I can only imagine how hot the show is going to be now that Nicki has agreed to come aboard!

Days after Iglesias dropped out of the tour, reportedly due to his inflamed ego not being able to handle being a “support” act to Spears, (I’m sorry, how many hit albums has he had? I know; a bunch less than she has) Usher‘s name was being dropped as Spears ideal replacement. However, as his management company AEG Live is in direct competition with the tour promoter Live Nation, Usher joining the Britney circus never seemed like it was a possibility.

For a while it didn’t look as though Nicki Minaj joining the tour would turn out to be anything more than a pipe dream either. She is currently touring with Lil Wayne on his I Am Still Music tour and Spears’ tour begins June 17, not leaving much time for a rest in between shows. Luckily though, both Nicki and Britney’s management were able to swing this one, considering that if there is one person who could make a Britney show more crazy (in a good way), it’s definitely Nicki Minaj!

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