Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj debate MTV VMA nominations on Twitter
Editor’s note: In an earlier version of this post, an insensitive juxtaposition of photos of Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj was used. It was a hasty choice for which we apologize. The piece has since been updated.
Earlier on Tuesday, MTV released the nominations for its annual Video Music Awards and Taylor Swift led the way with nine total nominations. Nicki Minaj only nabbed three nominations, however, and hit Twitter to express her discontent.
Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video featured tons of cameos, notably Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Cara Delevingne, Lily Aldridge, and Karlie Kloss, all of whom are models. The 25-year-old star responded to Minaj’s second tweet.
But Minaj clarified that it wasn’t about Swift at all.
And followed up with a deeper explanation.
Minaj later retweeted some criticisms of Swift — including a tweet that called out the singer for not standing by Minaj’s larger point about racial inequalities in the music business. Swift, meanwhile, wrote that she’d love to share the stage with Minaj were she to win at the VMAs.