UPDATE #2: Taylor Swift has apologized to Nicki Minaj:
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
We can only hope this means it’s over.
UPDATE: Seems like we spoke too soon. Katy Perry waded into the Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift social media feud last night, posting this on Twitter:
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
Unfortunately, the tweet is a little muddled, but Defamer deciphers its meaning perfectly: “I find it ironic that Taylor Swift is raising the ‘How Dare You Pit Women Against Other Women’ argument while she herself is directly profiting from the takedown of a woman.” Ouch, Katy, ouch. And we’re not even getting into the Piers Morgan “op-ed” in the Daily Mail. This is the social media war that keeps on giving.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Move over, Katy Perry. A fresh batch of blood has arrived, and this time it’s between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj…and Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, fans and pretty much everyone in the media. Following yesterday’s release of the 2015 MTV VMA nominations, Nicki took to her Twitter account to express how miffed she was that her videos got snubbed in the bigger categories. Despite “Anaconda” being nominated for Best Female Video and Best Hip Hop Video, Nicki felt she deserved a nod for Video of the Year and Best Choreography. She went on an angsty rant about her dismay and threw out what appeared to be a thinly veiled dig at T-Swift, who just so happened to receive nine big nominations.
If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. 😊😊😊 — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
T-Swift took notice and was pretty darn unimpressed.
Nicki then retorted by denying the dig…
…and followed up with a supporter’s screen grab to accentuate her point.
T-Swift then tried to make peace…
But then Nicki turned her rage against a now-deleted tweet by Ryan Seacrest and the rest of the media for exploiting the two singers’ war of words.
Ryan posted a headline of Taylor saying she loves & supports me. But not me saying the same to her. Lol. Their headline says I took a “jab”? — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
And then Nicki’s fans were fuming with Entertainment Weekly for how they presented the story.
Then for some reason, Kim Kardashian got involved by posting this photo with a now-deleted caption that read “Imma let you finish,” a reference to when her husband, Kanye West, infamously interrupted T-Swift’s VMA acceptance speech in 2009.
And then Kim back-pedalled.
In an effort to exploit the evening’s ridiculousness, Bruno Mars decided to jestingly join the VMA beef party by calling out Ed Sheeran.
Sheeran was happy to mockingly drop the gloves.
Which opened the door to more Nicki and T-Swift mocking.
And more comebacks.
And that friends, is how you make some ridiculous “bad blood.”