By Lizzy Ferriera, Vice President of Public Relations
On July 21, MTV announced the 2015 Video Music Award nominees. Shortly after they were announced a twitter spat emerged and had everyone talking. It was over the category Video of the Year, which included the following artists:
~Ed Sheeran: “Thinking Out Loud”
~Kendrick Lamar: “Alright”
~Taylor Swift: “Bad Blood”
~Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: “Uptown Funk”
The list would seem to be more than fitting, however, the rapper-singer Nicki Minaj would beg to differ. Shots were fired by Minaj when she did not get nominated for Video of the Year for “Anaconda”. She tweeted:
Keep in mind that Minaj did get nominated for “Anaconda” in the categories Best Female Voice and Best Hip-Hop Video, as well as Best Collaboration for “Bang Bang”. The only women nominated for Video of the Year are Swift and Beyonce, but since the tweets talked about slim women it seems that Minaj was directing her comments at Taylor; whose video stages many tall, thin women.
Swift fired back with “I’ve done nothing but loved & supported you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..” Minaj tweeted back that her comments weren’t directed towards Swift, but towards the much larger issue of black women being “rarely rewarded” for their work. After many tweets were exchanged Swift apologized and replied, “If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.”
Regardless, it seems that the media blew things out of the water by bringing the tweets to everyone’s attention. Many sites and news segments left the apology tweets out which gave this a more negative image, making it seem like a full on blowout. However, looking more into the conversation between the two, the “feud” seemed to be more or less a misunderstanding.
Considering that Minaj’s tweets mentioned slim women getting nominated and black women being “rarely rewarded” for their work, it is possible that they were directed towards Swift. However, Minaj turned the tables to make it seem like Swift misinterpreted the tweets and later on the two exchanged more tweets about how they love and care for each other.
How do you view the so called “bash” between Swift and Minaj? Was Nicki just avoiding herself a bad image or was it simply a misunderstanding? Let us know in the comments below what you think.