If you thought that the Time 100 Most Influential People gala was the most thrilling thing going on in Manhattan last night, think again. Betty White and Sarah Palin aside, it wasn’t even the most thrilling thing happening at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner Center. Because on the other side of a flimsy screen from the gala, inside the intimate Dizzy’s Club, 16-year-old wunderkind songstress Nikki Yanofsky was performing for a small and lucky crowd to celebrate this week’s release of her first album.

Photos: Slaven Vlasic