Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj's Twitter Argument: A Full Timeline of the Disagreement
Where were YOU when the long national nightmare known as the Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj Twitter spat got underway? Beginning on Tuesday (July 21), the barb-trading between two of music's biggest superstars regarding the MTV Video Music Awards nominations caused the pop world to stand still. When Swift and Minaj stopped trading tweets, some other huge names got in on the conversation! Fortunately for the sake of our collective sanity, it seems that the situation has been resolved.
Did you miss any detail of the Nicki-Taylor argument and the social media debris that it caused? Don't worry -- we've got you covered. Here is a full timeline of the disagreement, from beginning to end.
July 21, 11:00 AM: The MTV Video Music Award nominations are released. The video of the year nominees are "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "7/11" by Beyonce, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars and "Alright" by Lamar. Nicki Minaj is nominated for three awards, including two for "Anaconda."
July 21, 11:30 AM: Taylor Swift celebrates "Bad Blood" getting nominated for video of the year.
GUYS!! You got Bad Blood nominated for Video of the Year at the VMA's!! Vote here pleeeeease? http://t.co/IcQyWxJfKC-- Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
July 21, 2:45 PM: Nicki Minaj sends off her first tweet questioning the MTV VMAs nominations, specifically the snub of her "Feeling Myself" video with Beyonce.
July 21, 3:23 PM: After discussing the "Anaconda" video's lack of a video of the year nod, Nicki Minaj alludes to "'other' girls" getting nominated for the top prize…
When the "other" girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.-- NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
July 21, 5:39 PM: …And then gets more specific, aiming at videos that celebrate "women with very slim bodies" that were nominated for video of the year.
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year-- NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
July 21, 6:13 PM: Less than an hour later, Taylor Swift strikes, interpreting Nicki's tweets as a slight against her and her video of the year nomination.
@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
July 21, 6:18 PM: Nicki is confused.
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
July 21, 6:58 PM: Taylor makes Nicki an offer. Meanwhile, the rest of the pop world is standing still.
@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
July 21, 7:10 PM: The non-superstars start reacting to this very public disagreement, and Nicki turns her attention to how the interaction is being construed. Taylor stays silent on the matter for the rest of the evening.
Nothing I said had to do with Taylor. So what jabs? White media and their tactics. So sad. That's what they want. https://t.co/AfcwoyDvpg-- NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
July 21, 9:45 PM: Bruno Mars, a video of the year nominee for "Uptown Funk," leaps into the fray with a joking lambast of Ed Sheeran.
Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran Fuck You!-- Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) July 22, 2015
July 21, 10:54 PM: Former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul offers to settle the Taylor-Nicki spat over breakfast food.
July 22, 1:22 AM: Ed Sheeran continues Bruno Mars' silliness.
@BrunoMars any way we do dis you gon' come up short-- Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 22, 2015
July 22, 10:28 AM: Taylor Swift returns to Twitter to wish Selena Gomez a happy birthday, but does not comment on the previous day's Twitter disagreement.
July 22, 1:07 PM: Piers Morgan blasts Nicki Minaj in an op-ed, calling her "whiny" and "a stroppy piece of work." "Piers Morgan" begins trending worldwide.
Don't play the race card, Ms Minaj. You're just a stroppy piece of work whose video wasn't as good as Taylor Swift's. http://t.co/nHrjXlvSk7-- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 22, 2015
July 22, 1:52 PM: Nicki Minaj begins promoting articles describing why she was right to call out the music industry's underlying racism, and why Taylor Swift was wrong to call her out.
July 22, 5:17 PM: Katy Perry -- long presumed to be the subject of Taylor Swift's caustic "Bad Blood" -- jumps in with a single tweet that seemingly points out how "ironic" Swift's argument against Minaj is.
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...-- KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
July 23, 7:32 AM: After an interview in which Ed Sheeran describes Nicki Minaj's argument as "redundant" starts to go viral, Sheeran protests by saying that his comments were "taken out of context." He later admits that he "definitely said it wrong" and apologizes.
@BuzzFeedUK that's taken out of context and not what I was saying was redundant at all-- Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 23, 2015
July 23, 11:32 AM: The madness finally begins to end. Taylor Swift apologizes to Nicki Minaj.
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ-- Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
July 23, 12:26 PM: Nicki accepts Taylor's apology…
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13️️️-- NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
July 23, 12:36 PM: …And blows a kiss Katy Perry's way before moving on. The 48-Hour Pop War has ended.
I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on. https://t.co/mx9pfIdnzT-- NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015