Kanye Is ‘Country Strong’ With Leighton Meester And Minka Kelly

Kanye West might not be sharing the whereabouts of his “Monster” video — what happened to that clip anyway? — but the MC is hitting the New York party scene. On Tuesday (February 1), West hit Nylon magazine’s event celebrating their February cover in the Big Apple. By chance Country Strong actress Leighton Meester and television/ film actress Minka Kelly were also in the house.

Elsewhere, Kanye West has taken home just about every award possible, or at least stormed the stage at every awards show imaginable if he hasn’t. But he’s never won a Woodie, the hunk of lumber handed out annually by MTV’s 24-hour college network mtvU — though March 16, that might finally change.

Because West — along with the likes of the Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Mumford & Sons — has just been announced as a nominee for the 2011 Woodie Awards, which will air live from Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival.

West is nominated for the “Left Field Woodie,” handed out to the year’s “most original artist.” He’ll face off against Die Antwoord, Lil B, Yelawolf and Das Racist for the hardware.

‘Ye’s ex Amber Rose is also racking up headlines after hitting the stage with “Black And Yellow” MC Wiz Khalifa. How did he characterize his relationship with Rose, whom he revealed has even met his mother?

“Currently cool,” Wiz said.

He explained that the pair both travel often, so they often cross paths. The two were in his hometown two weekends ago during the AFC Championship game when Wiz performed prior to the Steelers’ win over the New York Jets. That’s when Rose met Mama Khalifa. Is it getting serious?