Queen of Pop pays tribute to her 'Gimme All Your Luvin'' co-stars

Madonna has paid tribute to MIA and Nicki Minaj by claiming she wanted to work with them because they’re not “conventional pop stars”.

According to the New York Post the pop icon, who roped in both artists for her new single ‘Gimme All Your Luvin”, said she had become a fan of the pair because of their originality.

“I’m a fan of their music but also I like their independence, their spirit,” she told CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. “They’re cheeky and unique and they have individual voices.”

She went on to add:

They’re not conventional pop stars and I really admire them both. I love both of them actually.

The singer also revealed the circumstances of her kiss with Nicki Minaj, which the rapper had spoken about on Twitter last December, when she said that locking lips with the Queen of Pop had felt “really good”
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“It was her birthday and it was actually the end of one of those long days of shooting and we were all giving a birthday toast to her,” she divulged. “After a few sips of champagne I kissed her, yes.”

Madonna will debut her new single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” on American Idol later this week (February 2). The track is taken from the singer’s 12th studio album ‘MDNA’, which is the follow-up to her 2008 effort ‘Hard Candy’.