In an uncharacteristic turn of events, pop stars and girl power icons Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj seemed to have a bit of a spat over Twitter on Tuesday. Swift was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video for "Bad Blood" while Minaj was not. When Minaj took to Twitter to voice her frustration over her nomination snub, the "Bad Blood" singer thought that the tweet was aimed at her.
@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
But as it turns out, the disagreement is just the result of some classic misunderstanding. Both singers had hits this year for some seriously female empowerment numbers - Minaj for "Anaconda" - but it wasn't Swift that Minaj was talking about, even though this tweet could be describing "Bad Blood's" number of lithe models and actresses.
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
Instead, the "Anaconda" singer (who was also upset that "Feeling Myself," her collaboration with Beyonce, was also snubbed) was speaking on a larger context about racism that rewards the co-opting of black culture by other artists, but totally overlooks Minaj's own contributions. And yet, the video for "Anaconda" had a huge cultural impact this year, and even earned a parody by Ellen DeGeneres. Here's the full context of what Minaj had to say before that one misunderstood tweet:
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
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?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
When the "other" girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Swift may have missed the issues at hand in those tweets, but at least her heart was in the right place. In her last words on the subject, she invited Minaj to join her on the stage.
Oh but trust me. I'll be on that stage to collect my awards for vid of the year. Feeling Myself & Anaconda. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 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
Do you agree with Nicki Minaj? Should "Anaconda" have been nominated?
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