The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.
The discussion primarily occurred on Twitter, where tweets about the #VMAs reached 1,400 tweets per minute by 11:30 a.m. ET the morning of the nominations, according to Twitter.
Fueled by a series of tweets from Nicki Minaj questioning why her “Anaconda” clip wasn’t nominated for video of the year, she returns to her No. 2 peak on the list (rising 5-2). Her Twitter mentions increased 457 percent, adding almost 900,000 mentions and also sporting spikes in both followers and reactions (in the week ending July 26, according to Next Big Sound).
Minaj pointed to her video’s huge social impact, tweeting “U couldn’t go on social media w/o seeing ppl doing the cover art, choreo, outfits for Halloween…an impact like that & no VOTY nomination?” Also noting, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year” to the tune of over 82 thousand favorites.
Taylor Swift interpreted the tweet from Minaj as a diss to her (as she is nominated for video of the year for “Bad Blood,” and likely because Swift herself is a woman with a slim body), with the resulting back-and-forth between the two stirring Swift’s 6-4 rise due to an uptick in Twitter reactions and mentions.
In a July 22 Instagram post, Minaj noted her concerns had “nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit black women for their contributions to pop culture.”
Swift later apologized to Minaj, tweeting: “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point. I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki.” Minaj accepted the apology and later wrote on Twitter to a fan: “I’ve always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let’s move on.”
Two other nominees for video of the year, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, chimed in, exchanging tweets in a fake fight. Both stars make gains on the chart from increased Twitter activity: Mars re-enters at No. 24 as Sheeran zooms 27-18.
Marie Claire, thank u Time Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Complex, Vibe, Karen Civil, TV Guide, etc. The list goes on of news/media outlets who used their voice to help me make a very obvious point. Thank you so much. Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others. We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn’t anger. This is #information. It’s all love to MTV. Kisses to my fans and thank you for my 3 nominations. #ThePinkprintTOUR tonight in VA! Over 15 thousand people. I can’t wait to see u guys.
Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran Fuck You!
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) July 22, 2015