Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Feud

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Feud

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On July 21th, 2015, MTV announced the nominations for their annual Video Music Awards. The nominations for Music Video of the Year, a coveted award, were for the following five songs and videos: Beyoncé – “7/11"; Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”; Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”; Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”; and Kendrick Lamar – “Alright.”[1] These nominations were notably absent of any work by artist Nicki Minaj.

Taylor Swift's video for "Bad Blood," when released, earned 20.1 million views in the first 24 hours after its release, breaking a record that was previously held by Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda," which earned 19.6 million in its first 24 hours.[9] Both songs were eligible for a VMA in the same year. In addition, in the 2014-2015 span, Minaj also released the first video through artist-run the streaming service Tidal, "Feeling Myself," with co-owner Beyoncé; Swift had recently signed a public deal to allow her music to be streamed through Apple Music.

Notable Developments

Shortly after the announcement about the nominations, Nicki Minaj posted the following series of tweets:

NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ Follow Hey guys @ MTV thank you for my nominations.酵酵酵 Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or...? 2:46 PM - 21 Jul 2015 わ 13,733 ★ 21,448
NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ y Follow U couldn't go on social media w/o seeing ppl doing the cover art, choreo, outfits for impact like that & no 3:18 PM-21 Jul 2015 わ 11,812 ★20,405 VOTY nomination?
NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ y Follow When the "other" girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. SSO- 3:23 PM -21 Jul 2015 わ 27,624 ★38,493
NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ Follow If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. 3:14 PM-21 Jul 2015 26,827 ★ 38,866
NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ Follow If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year 5:39 PM-21 Jul 2015 54,167 ★ 79,884
NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ Follow I'm not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it. 6:14 PM-21 Jul 2015 わ 42,810 ★ 58,355

Thinking that the "women with slim bodies" was a direct reference to her video's nomination, Taylor Swift later responded (shown below, left). Nicki Minaj responded that the tweets were not about her, but rather about a more general issue in American culture (shown below, middle). Swift later apologized for misinterpreting Minaj's intention with her tweets (shown below, right).

Taylor Swift @taylorswift13 Follow @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.. 6:13 PM-21 Jul 2015 51,602 ★ 77,002 NICKI MINAJ @NICKIMINAJ Follow 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 6:18 PM-21 Jul 2015 わせユ42,351 ★ 53,909 Taylor Swift @taylorswift 13 Follow I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ 11:32 AM-23 Jul 2015 わ 72,295 ★147,014

Other Celebrity Tweets

Kim Kardashian tweeted her husband's, Kanye West, famous line against Taylor Swift line, first used at the VMAs in 2009, but has since then deleted the tweet and later claimed it was a misunderstanding on her side.[10]

Kim Kardashian West @KimKardashian Follow Imma let you finish but RETWEETS FAVORITES 23,000 27,066 んぷE,.ag. 燿 4:21 PM-21 Jul 2015

Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars pretended to also have a feud. Katy Perry also tweeted a cloudy reference to the feud, intimating that Swift was having an ironic reaction, since "Bad Blood" is a song about having a feud with another woman.

Bruno Mars @BrunoMars Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran Fuck You! 22 Jul Ed Sheeran @edsheeran Follow @BrunoMars any way we do dis you gon' come up short 1:22 AM-22 Jul 2015 わせユ61,857 ★ 80,700 KATY PERRY Follow @katyperry Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman... 5:17 PM-22 Jul 2015 わせユ55,565 ★ 76,821

News Coverage

The media quickly identified the exchange as a feud, with articles in entertainment magazines like Glamour, the Daily Mail, and Entertainment Weekly (which rescinded its article after receiving criticism over the photographs it used, which portrayed Minaj as "an angry black woman" and Swift normally).[2][3][4] Many articles claimed that Minaj was being a sore loser, and that Swift was right to defend against her attacks, instead using her Feminist beliefs to try to convince Minaj that the real target should be the male nominees.

However, other Minaj-endorsed articles in outlets like the Guardian,[6] Marie Claire,[7] and Time Magazines[8] discussed the tweets in terms of their relationship to intersectionality, which is an alternate way to view discrimination, which states that social inequality is viewed as an "intersection" of several different types of discrimination.[5] These articles claimed that there was no actual fight between Minaj and Swift, but instead, they were expressing their different views of the cultural issue of feminism.

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So essentially this was something that was a misunderstanding that was cleared up quickly and professionally. While shortly after a few other people jokingly and knowingly made fun of each-other and made fun of said event, and in the end no one had any explosive breakdowns or was overtly offended? This isn't a meme or event or whatever, it's like the anti internet fight.


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