Nicole Scherzinger pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at Cosmo Awards

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Nicole Scherzinger paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela last night at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards.

The X Factor judge, dressed in wide leg black trousers and a corset, took to the stage after news of Nelson's death broke and performed a rendition of 'This Little Light Of Mine'.

Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2013 held at the V&A museum - 6 December 2013

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Nicole was presented with the Best TV Personality gong and sang her homage as she collected her award at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The former Pussycat Doll also told the audience an anecdote about a time she sung for Mandela and he jokingly asked if she knew anything else once she had finished.

Nicole looked stunning on the night in her all-black outfit. She wore her long dark hair in a messy up 'do and added a pop of colour with a red lipstick.

Later, Nicole took to Twitter and again paid tribute to Mandela, who passed away in South Africa last night aged 95.

Sharing a photograph of the inspirational icon, she commented: "God Bless @NelsonMandela Tears stream as it was an honour to have known u. U were truly exceptional & an inspiration."

Meanwhile, it was a sombre night elsewhere in London. Prince William and Kate Middleton were at the premiere of new film Mandela: Long Road To Freedom, which is about Nelson Mandela's life, when they were told the sad news.