Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Caught in Twitter Row
But it was her comments about the Video of the Year snub that prompted a reaction from Taylor Swift, who led all nominees with nine and landed a best video nod for Bad Blood. Anaconda was nominated for Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, but not the top prize, leading Minaj to snarl.
Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. ??? Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or…?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Minaj explains what she meant by “‘kind’ of artist” as she continued her Twitter rampage, writing, ” Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.” Her frenzy goes further when Minaj claims that if she had a thinner body, she would have been nominated. Taylor Swift saw this as a jab at her hit video Bad Blood – which embodies the “slim” figures Minaj is directly referencing – considering the video features super models, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, and Cara Delevingne.
If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. ???— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Minaj was confused by her response, since the goal of her Twitter rant was to point out that “Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it”, and she fired back.
@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
Minaj then shared a link to an article headlined “Taylor Swift blasts Nicki Minaj for #VMAs jab” – however that page no longer exists.
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
“Taylor took her music off spotify and was applauded. We launched (streaming site) Tidal & were dragged (ridiculed).” She continued to retweet posts of support from her fans, with one writing, “nicki was making valid points about the history of racism in the music industry, taylor should be standing by her not making it about her”, and another adding, “I’m baffled as to WHY @taylorswift13 felt the need to come at @NickiMinaj for speaking on behalf of unsung black female entertainers.” Meanwhile, Swift attempted to ease the tension by playing nice with Minaj, and wrote back.
Ryan posted a headline of Taylor saying she loves & supports me. But not me saying the same to her. Lol. Their headline says I took a "jab"?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Minaj has yet to respond to Swift’s offer. The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles next month, August 2015.
@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