Taylor Swift Fires Back At Nicki Minaj Over VMAs: Don’t “Pit Women Against Each Other”
As Gossip Cop reported earlier, the nominees for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were unveiled Tuesday morning. Swift led the pack with nine nominations, seven of those specifically for “Bad Blood,” which was nominated in the top category, Video of the Year. Minaj received two nominations for “Anaconda” in Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video. She took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, however, to rant about “Anaconda” not getting nominated for Video of the Year, and about “Feeling Myself” not getting any nominations at all.
Minaj’s tweets on the subject included what many interpreted to be disses against Swift. “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” wrote the rap star. She went on, “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.”
And Minaj later posted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Aside from Swift, the only “other girl” nominated for Video of the Year is Beyoncé, and Minaj made clear she wasn’t slamming her “Feeling Myself” collaborator in any way. That just left Swift then, whose “Bad Blood” video featured a string of celebrity pals, including a number of models, as opposed to “Anaconda,” which celebrated curvy women.
About a half hour after Minaj’s “slim bodies” remark, Swift replied, writing, “@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.” Minaj responded as if she was taken aback by the message, tweeting, “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But should speak on this. @taylorswift13.”
Minaj went on to write, “@taylorswift13 I’m still confused as to why u just tweeted me when I made it abundantly clear…” And when a fan suggested “everyone is missing” Minaj’s point, she replied, “They’re not missing the point, they’re just attempting to overshadow the point. Oldest trick in the book.”
While neither side really apologized, Swift wrote about 45 minutes after the kerfuffle, “@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.” For her part, Minaj retweeted an “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” story that said Swift responded to Minaj’s “jabs,” and she commented, “Nothing I said had to do with Taylor. So what jabs? White media and their tactics. So sad. That’s what they want.”
Minaj questioned, “Ryan posted a headline of Taylor saying she loves & supports me. But not me saying the same to her. Lol. Their headline says I took a ‘jab’?” She then retweeted messages of support, and wrote, “I’m so glad u guys get to see how this stuff works. Taylor took her music off spotify and was applauded. We launched Tidal & were dragged.”
Swift and Minaj have spent time together at a number of events, and Swift even presented an award to Minaj at the 2011 American Music Awards. They are pictured together above at the 2012 Grammys. TELL US: What do you think of Swift and Minaj’s apparent Twitter feud?