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Willow Smith to Whip Her Hair on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve | Willow Smith

Willow Smith to Whip Her Hair on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Originally posted 12/06/2010 07:00AM

It may be on past her bedtime, but that's not going to stop Hollywood prodigy Willow Smith from whipping her hair at Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve bash.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve has revealed its top guests to PEOPLE, and they include La Roux, Ne-Yo and Natasha Bedingfield, in addition to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's 10-year-old daughter.

Millions tune in every year to watch the iconic ball drop. Clark, 81, has served as producer and host of the ABC broadcast nearly every New Year's Eve since 1972.
Sara Hammel

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Willow Smith: I Won't Do Anything Without Mom's Permission | Jaden Smith

Willow Smith: I Won't Do Anything Without Mom's Permission

Originally posted 11/18/2010 04:30PM

Willow Smith may have become a household name overnight with the success of her catchy tune, "Whip My Hair," but that doesn't mean the charismatic performer is above the rules.

"I can't do whatever I want," Smith, 10, a self-proclaimed fan of Billy Idol and Lady Gaga, says in the December issue of W. "Mommy has to say it's okay."

But Smith doesn't complain about having to follow guidelines set by her famous parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Instead, she credits mom and dad for her rise to fame.

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Jimmy Fallon Covers Willow Smith's 'Whip My Hair' – With Bruce Springsteen

Originally posted 11/17/2010 11:45AM

What if "Whip My Hair" was a slow jam?

On his talk show Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon – as his alter-ego, Neil Young – decelerated Willow Smith's hit single, bringing an emotional warble, some acoustic guitar and harmonica to the self-empowerment anthem. "Don't let the haters keep me off my grind," Fallon, as Young, sang. "Keep my head up, I know I'll be fine. Keep on fighting until I get there. When I'm down and I feel like giving up, I think again."

Midway through the song, the Late Night host got a little help from musical guest Bruce Springsteen, who chimed in on the chorus, adding a craggy, grizzled, "Whip your hair," as Fallon sang.

The guys were mostly stoic in their heartfelt – and affectionately joking – rendition, but we would have loved to see some hair-whipping to accompany the crooning. Next time!

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PHOTO: Willow Smith Braces Herself for Visit with Ellen

Willow Smith Gets Bedazzled Neck Brace

Originally posted 11/02/2010 10:45AM

She may be new to television – but "Whip My Hair" singer Willow Smith got a warm (and safe) welcome from Ellen DeGeneres during a visit to her daytime show, set to air Tuesday.

Yes, the talk show host was bearing gifts for the young fashionista – specifically a customized neck brace, stamped with her image.

"Because you have such great style, I want to make sure if you do ever hurt your head, you will be in style," DeGeneres told Will Smith's 9-year-old daughter during the interview. "You can wear a neck brace."

Hopefully she'll never need it – but Smith obviously got the joke, and the young singer slipped on the accessory. Said DeGeneres: "You can wear that on all your tours."

Willow Smith: Behind-the-Scenes of 'Whip My Hair'

Willow Smith: Behind-the-Scenes of 'Whip My Hair'

Originally posted 10/20/2010 12:20PM

Check out the wild style of the nearly 10-year-old

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Snooki Is into Willow Smith's Hair Whipping

Originally posted 10/20/2010 01:35PM

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is not one to let a hot trend pass her by. Cue her own take on Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair."

Standing in what looks like her bedroom, the notorious Jersey Shore trainwreck dances, gestures and pouts her way through a YouTube video with Smith's runaway single playing in the background.

There is, of course, much hair-whipping, and the reality star even gets her little dog in on the act, having him shake his fur for the camera.

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Willow Smith Whips Fans into Frenzy with First Single

Originally posted 10/19/2010 10:05AM

Willow Smith is having a great hair day.

The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has dropped her first music video for the insanely catchy "Whip My Hair" – and it's a stunning, high-octane production that leaves little doubt that this precocious Hollywood progeny is the real deal.

And she's just 9 years old! Just compare her to Britney Spears, who was already 10 by the time she appeared on Star Search – in a performance that looks charmingly sedate by comparison.

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PHOTOS: First Look at Willow Smith's 'Whip My Hair' Music Video

PHOTOS: First Look at Willow Smith's 'Whip My Hair' Music Video

Originally posted 10/14/2010 07:30AM

She whips it – and whips it good!

PEOPLE has your first look at scenes from 9-year-old Willow Smith's music video for her infectious first single, "Whip My Hair." The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith filmed the video in Sylmar, Calif., in September with director Ray Kay – who has also helmed clips for Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Beyoncé.

In the video, which debuts on BET on Monday (the single hits iTunes Oct. 26), the pint-sized singer – who is signed to Jay-Z's record label – gets playful with her wardrobe and some paint, and joins guest stars ranging in age from 1 to 85 who, you guessed it, whip their hair back and forth for the cameras.
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