MTV's Video Music Awards have given us some of the most memorable pop culture events in recent memory: the Madonna and Britney make-out, Diana Ross feeling up and, of course, the Kanye shrug. But this year, the fireworks have begun way before the awards show has even aired.
As the nominations were announced for all the major awards, many celebrities took to Twitter to voice their appreciation or dissent. Nicki Minaj, in particular, was outspoken about her lack of recognition and an overall lack of appreciation for women of color in the industry. When Taylor Swift got involved, Nicki didn't back down.
It all started when Nicki called out the VMAs for snubbing "Anaconda" for Video of the Year
This year's nominated videos for the show's highest award include "7/11" by Beyoncé, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, and "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar. Nicki felt like a trend among those videos is highlighting a conventionally beautiful women, and despite the massive phenomenon of "Anaconda," she wasn't recognized.
Taylor took Nicki's critique of the industry as a jab at her own video "Bad Blood"
I see where Taylor's coming from here, considering her video was so full of so many famous faces (and slim bodies). However, she clearly missed Nicki's overall argument about the industry at large and wasn't just trying to take down one performer.
Nicki sends back love and encourages Taylor to speak on the same issue
At this point, even after Nicki was clear in her mutual love for Taylor, the media had picked up the story and painted Nicki as the bad guy.
She quick to set the record straight
The link that she posted has since been deleted, so clearly she had an impact on altering the common "angry black girl" narrative that we so often see in headlines.
When a fan questioned how everyone was missing the point, Nicki had a great response
In the end, Taylor hasn't weighed in anymore, and it seems that she misunderstood Nicki's intentions. The real winner in all of this is probably the VMAs, which just got a huge media blitz without even trying.