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    Her Prerogative: Britney Spears Taps Nicki Minaj for Opening Act

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    Update April 12, 2011: Britney Spears officially announcing that Minaj will join her highly anticipated all-female Femme Fatale Tour this summer.

    "This is the Femme Fatale tour and I'm thrilled to have the hot Nicki Minaj join me and Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo will get everyone on the dance floor," said Spears. "Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road."

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    Nicki Minaj is in the zone.

    After extensive talks, E! News has learned the Pink Friday singer will be livening up Britney Spears' upcoming summer tour, replacing Enrique Iglesias as the opening act after the latter bowed out unexpectedly last month.

    Now you get two Femmes Fatales for the price of one.

    MORE: Usher? Jonas? Minaj? Who's Really Joining Britney's Tour?

    A source close to the 26-year-old Minaj confirmed to E! that she's aboard and tour organizers expect the tandem should make for a big concert draw, even more so than the Spanish crooner.

    Indeed, the choice of the Trinidad and Tobago-born hip-hop diva is probably for the best, given how foolish Iglesias' camp made Spears look by abruptly dropping out only hours after the pop princess revealed to Good Morning America that they were joining forces. Other artists besides Minaj mentioned as replacements included Joe Jonas and Usher.

    Britney's latest stage extravaganza, which is in support of her new album, Femme Fatale, kicks off June 17 in Sacramento and wraps up Aug. 13 in Toronto. Tickets go on sale beginning April 30th.

    —Reporting by Whitney English

    What do you think? Is Nicki a good pick? Let us know in comments.

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