Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj engage in Twitter row over VMA nominations
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Things got heated on Twitter yesterday between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift after Minaj was critical of the music industry's treatment of black artists. She vented through a series of tweets which Taylor seemed to take personally and the former country music star felt compelled to respond.
Minaj was unhappy about her music video for Anaconda getting overlooked for the VMA video of the year. She put the snub down to her being a black artist and tweeted "If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well".
She added "Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it." Minaj quickly followed that up with another tweet saying "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year." Her points received a lot of support from the Twitterverse and they resonated with a lot of people.
Taylor Swift received a VMA nomination for the video to her song Bad Blood which features Kendrick Lamar which coincidentally features a host of slim dancers. Also nominated for video of the year were Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk, Ed Sheeran for Thinking Out Loud, Kendrick Lamar for Alright and Beyonce for 7/11.
Swift took Minaj's swipe at "slim" bodied females to heart and she responded with "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". Swift seemed to be trying to shift the target of Minaj's ire on a sexist angle rather than addressing the race point.
Minaj was taken aback by the statement and tried to refocus Swift on the issue at hand tweeting "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." However, Swift was having none of it and tried to paper over the issue by replying "@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on."