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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Trade Barbs on Twitter Due To VMAs Snub
“I've done nothing but love & support you,” Swift writes to Minaj following perceived slight.
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj have gotten themselves into a public disagreement over the latter's lack of a MTV Video Music Award nod for video of the year.
On Tuesday (July 21), the 2015 VMA nominations were announced, with Swift earning a total of nine nods (five in the professional categories), including video of the year for "Bad Blood." Minaj was also nominated for multiple awards, including best female video and best hip-hop video for "Anaconda," but felt slighted by her lack of a video of the year nom.
"If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," Minaj posted to Twitter in the midst of a string of tweets bemoaning the snub. Swift -- a slim-bodied woman nominated for video of the year, alongside Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce -- took offense at this implication.
@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..-- Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
"I've done nothing but love & support you," she wrote to Minaj. "It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.."
Minaj quickly responded, "Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13"
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13-- NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
She continued, "@taylorswift13 I'm still confused as to why u just tweeted me when I made it abundantly clear…"
Minaj and Swift have collaborated onstage during the latter's Speak Now tour, combining for a live rendition of Nicki's "Super Bass." Is this all a misunderstanding between friends, or is there now some, ahem, bad blood? Stay tuned…
UPDATE: Swift has offered an olive branch of sorts:
@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on.-- Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
UPDATE 2: Minaj also put in one last word, making a comparison between the two artists' relationships with streaming services: