Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Caught in Twitter Row
The nominations for the annual MTV Video Music Awards were announced on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, and although the Superbass hitmaker, Nicki Minaj scored three nods, she questioned why she wasn’t recognized in the Video of the Year category and why her promo with Beyonce didn’t even get a mention.
Minaj took to Twitter and wrote, “Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. Did (Beyonce video) Feeling Myself miss the deadline…”
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.
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.
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.
Minaj then shared a link to an article headlined “Taylor Swift blasts Nicki Minaj for #VMAs jab” – however that page no longer exists.
“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.
Minaj has yet to respond to Swift’s offer.
The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles next month, August 2015.