Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Had A Little Beef On Twitter Over The VMAs

by Eitan Levine

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift had the tamest Twitter fight of all time.

On Tuesday, MTV announced the nominees for this year's Video Music Awards, and Nicki Minaj was not happy about how she was treated.

The video for “Anaconda” received nods for Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hip Video but was snubbed when it came to best choreography and Video of the Year.

“Anaconda” broke Vevo's streaming record with 19.6 million views in the 24 hours after it was released.

But, Taylor Swift broke that record a few months later when “Bad Blood” hit 20.1 million views in that same amount of time.

Minaj took to Twitter to voice her complaints over the questionable treatment her video received from the VMA selection committee.

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
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015

Before going on, let's just remember half of this is all over a nomination for the best choreography category at the VMAs.

That's the seventh most important category in the eighth most important awards show.

Now that we've gained perspective, we can move forward.

Taylor Swift, who received four VMA nominations herself, thought Minaj was talking about her in the tweets, so she fired back by professing her love for Nicki.

@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 tweeted back at Swift, claiming the pop star misunderstood the tweets and they weren't actually about any of Taylor's VMA success.

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

She then clarified why there was no beef between the two in the most aggressive way possible.

@taylorswift13 I'm still confused as to why u just tweeted me when I made it abundantly clear... pic.twitter.com/A5kJyi6fQC — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015

But here is the thing: While Nicki was tweeting how she meant no disrespect to Taylor and there was no "bad blood" between the two of them, she kept favoriting tweets by people supporting her during the fight.

If there is no fight, why would she do this?

always look to the favs pic.twitter.com/cgnGDBv030 — Sapna Maheshwari (@sapna) July 21, 2015

Taylor being Taylor tried shutting the whole thing down with the most Taylor Swift gesture of all time.

Taylor Swift should be in charge of the UN. This is expert level diplomacy.

@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

Minaj ended the day's events with a tweet about her original position...

Nothing I said had to do with Taylor. So what jabs? White media and their tactics. So sad. That's what they want. https://t.co/AfcwoyDvpg — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015

…and a small comment about how she was demonized by the media throughout the whole exchange.

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
I'm so glad u guys get to see how this stuff works. Taylor took her music off spotify and was applauded. We launched Tidal & were dragged. — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015

Was Nicki actually angry at Taylor or was this just a weird and public Tay Tay misunderstanding?

Who knows.

But one thing is certain: Tidal sucked and was never going to make it.

Citations: Taylor Swift responds to Nicki Minajs tweets about VMAs Anaconda snub (Mashable)