Why Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & Other Female Pop Stars Created a Support System in 2017


Pop culture has a history of pitting women against one another, but this year, faux feuds were rejected, and these chart-topping artists rallied their support for one another. 

Nicki Minaj Congratulates Cardi B

Nicki Minaj may hold the record for most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist, but she has yet to top the chart. When rumored rival Cardi B hit No. 1 with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Minaj congratulated the rising star on Twitter, and the pair later teamed up on Migos’ “Motorsport.”

Taylor Swift Gifts Cardi B Flowers

Though “Bodak Yellow” booted Taylor Swift's “Look What You Made Me Do” from its No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, Swift gifted Cardi B with flowers as a congrats. In return, the rapper thanked Swift for the arrangement on Instagram: “I freaking love your music.”

Kesha Receives Help From Taylor Swift

In 2016, Swift gave Kesha $250,000 during the height of her legal battle with Dr. Luke. The two still keep in touch, and in October, Kesha said the Reputation artist picks up the phone every time she calls.

Kelly Clarkson Supports Kesha

Kelly Clarkson was among the supporters during Kesha’s dispute with Luke, and she didn't mince words about why she declined a writing credit on her 2009 hit, “My Life Would Suck Without You”: “I was like, ‘I don’t want my name near his. I want to pretend this didn't happen in my life.’"

P!nk Praises Kelly Clarkson

“If I did a song with Kelly Clarkson, I would get outsung,” P!nk said in October, before the powerhouse pop stars were set to share the stage at the American Music Awards. Clarkson returned the compliment at Billboard’s Women in Music event in November, calling her “one of my favorites.”

P!nk Clears Up Christina Aguilera Meme

When a meme circulated implying that P!nk didn’t enjoy Christina Aguilera's tribute to Whitney Houston at the AMAs, P!nk clapped back on Twitter: “Christina fucking killed it tonight for one of our favorite singers ever. Show the clip where I’m in tears, you negative Nancy’s.”

Christina Aguilera Congratulates Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato name-checked Aguilera as an influence for her latest album, which prompted Aguilera to post Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me album cover on Instagram with a congratulatory caption: “You are killing it girl.”

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Share Some Best Friend Love

Selena Gomez supported Lovato’s Simply Complicated documentary by commenting on a teaser Lovato shared on Instagram. “You always continue to [be] bold and real. I wish more people were like you,” Gomez wrote of her longtime friend. Lovato responded: “This means the world to me and more.”

Billboard Year in Music 2017

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 30 issue of Billboard. 


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