By Madeline Boardman
Updated August 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, and though the moment almost seemed too good to be true, a source close to MTV confirms to EW that the incident was not staged.

Minaj closed out her Hip-Hop Video of the Year acceptance speech by hitting back at Cyrus after the VMAs host criticized Minaj in an interview with The New York Times. After thanking various supporters, Minaj turned to Cyrus and said, “And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley what’s good?”

Cyrus’ surprise showed on her face. She appeared visibly taken aback when the camera panned to her following Minaj’s words.

Cyrus regained her composure to continue her hosting duties, replying to Minaj, “We’re all in this industry. We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate. Nicki, congratulations.” She continued: “Just because the VMAs have already started doesn’t meant he voting is done you can still vote at home for who you think is the future of music. It’s the Artist to Watch award. The past winners of this award gone on to incredible success and the past losers of the awards have still gone on to make their mark on the VMA stage. Me. I lost this award back in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever, because it’s no big deal! It’s just an award and I persevered! So here are the nominees still vying for your vote. Congratulations, Nicki.”

Busy with the show, Cyrus remained quiet on social media following the call-out. Minaj, however, nodded to it immediately after.

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