Top 5 Music Controversies of 2015

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Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of blink-182 pose at a press party of announce the 2011 Honda Civic Tour featuring blink-182 and My Chemical Romance at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on May 23, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 

Splits, upsets, allegations -- it's been a busy year in the music world. Whether arguing about ghostwriting or splitting ways with longtime bandmates, plenty of heated controversies lit up Twitter this year. Hell, even Taylor Swift -- possibly one of the nicest, least contentious pop stars out there -- got pulled into a controversy in 2015 (although it was quickly quashed).

From A (shocking Grammy win) to Z(ayn leaving One Direction), here are the top five controversies of 2015.

Blink-182 Divorces

Like the couple who splits after 20-plus years of marriage, Blink-182 parted ways with Tom DeLonge after 23 years (including band hiatus) together. Although the somewhat acrimonious departure had fans scratching their heads for a minute, it soon became clear that things hadn't been quite copacetic between DeLonge and bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus for a while. Although they tried to characterize it as a "friendly divorce," things got tense as Matt Skiba stepped in. The former bandmates continued to exchange comments via social media and interviews throughout the year.

Status: Unresolved

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Beck Bests Beyonce

Even if you weren't 100 percent certain Beyonce would win album of the year at the Grammys for her self-titled surprise release, you definitely weren't expecting Beck to nab the prize for his melancholy, acoustic Morning Phase. Kanye West, obviously, was upset about the upset, at least until he listened to the album. Beyonce, for her part, kept it classy as always. It was the public, however, that kept this controversy alive, with Twitter and online hot takes roasting Grammy voters for the perceived slight to Queen Bey.

Status: Unresolved in the court of public opinion

Drake vs. Meek Mill: A Timeline of the Beef

Drake's Ghosts of Writers Past

Ghostwriting in hip-hop has always been an open secret -- something permitted for so-called pop-rappers but forbidden for those who strive for Greatest of All Time levels of acclaim. So as Drake entered 2015 as the biggest rapper in the game, it was only a matter of time before someone called him out for allegations of ghostwriting. Meek Mill took up the cause, attempting to lambaste Drizzy for using lines written by others in his music. While Drake collaborator Noah "40" Shebib argued that ghostwriting is another way of being collaborative, Drake lashed out at Meek with a now-Grammy-nominated diss track. Meek's rebuttals seemed, well, meek in comparison, and any valid conversation about the role of ghostwriting in hip-hop soon disappeared into a lengthy beef that's too lengthy to recap here (but has been meticulously documented here).

Status: Unresolved

Malik Malice?

Where do broken hearts go? The boys of One Direction were forced to answer their own rhetorical question when Zayn Malik exited the band after their fourth album. At first controversy seemed only in the eyes of the fans, but heated tweets between Zayn pal Naughty Boy and Louis Tomlinson tipped that there might be bad blood afoot. That rift soon mended, however, after Malik cut off ties with Naughty Boy and moved onto working with Frank Ocean collaborator Malay -- who, so far, hasn't exchanged words with Zayn's former bros.

Status: Resolved

Nicki Minaj Calls Out VMAs

When the VMAs announced the 2015 contenders, one nominee was extremely displeased: Her Minajesty. Nicki called out the VMAs for not nominating her "Anaconda" clip for video of the year, implying racism and outdated beauty standards influenced their picks. While the VMAs didn't respond per se, Taylor Swift -- perceiving the diss as a slight to her video of the year-nominated "Bad Blood" clip -- entered the fray and exchanged some tense tweets with Nicki. Fortunately, a phone call fixed any confusion between the two, and they buried any imagined hatchet at the VMAs by sharing the stage together.

Status: Resolved between Minaj & Swift; Unresolved between Minaj and VMAs


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