Buzz Bites (12/8/10): Happy Birthday, Nicki Minaj! And: Katy Perry's Changing Her Name!

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+ Today is the birthday of our favorite Barbie, Nicki Minaj! Wish her a happy one and be sure to check out the documentary charting her life and incredible career, "My Time Now." (RapFix)

+ In sadder news, today marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death. (USA Today)

+ Katy Perry will be changing her name! Katheryn Elizabeth Brand has a lovely ring to it, doesn't it? Almost regal! (MTV News)

+ The first single from Britney Spears' new album is rumored to be coming out in January. (Pink Is The New Blog)

+ R. Kelly joined The Roots on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," last night, performing "Ignition" and "Step In The Name Of Love." (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)

+ Paramore's Hayley Williams recently visited the set of "Glee," though only as a fan, not as a guest star. (MTV News)