Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift made up in a very public way on Sunday night at the beginning of the MTV Video Music Awards. Minaj and Swift dueted on Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young” before breaking into Swift’s “Bad Blood.”
Minaj and Swift got into a debate on Twitter after Minaj was snubbed by the VMAs earlier this summer. “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, ‘Anaconda’ would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination […] If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” She also tweeted: “Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”
In the wake of Minaj’s comments, Swift tweeted, “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.”
After their back-and-forth, Swift later apologized. “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki,” Swift wrote. To which Minaj responded, “I’ve always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let’s move on.”
Before Swift came out on stage, Minaj opened the awards show with “Trini Dem Girls,” her Pinkprint collaboration with LunchMoney Lewis.
The 32-year-old Minaj kicked off the VMAs for the second year in a row, returning to the stage after her electric performance of “Anaconda” at the 2014 ceremony. The butt-celebrating single earned Minaj two nominations for the night, pitting her against the likes of Beyonce and Taylor Swift for Best Female Video, and Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean for Best Hip-Hop Video (which she later won).
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