Nicki Minaj posing with the Lumia 900 smartphone

*Last week’s Ricardo A. Hazell was in at the crossroads of the world, Times Square in New York City, for the unveiling of the highly-anticipated Lumia 900 smartphone from Nokia.

The event was one blockbuster of an affair as Nicki Minaj performed some of the songs from her new album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” released the same day as the Lumia 900.

From our vantage point in the R Lounge of the Renaissance Hotel, it appeared as if there were millions instead of thousands of people crammed into an impossibly small space.  But hey! New Yorkers do that everyday.

Here are some photos and video of how it all went down.

Nicki getting down and dirty on Times Square stage

Nicki Minaj gives her adoring fans a salute.