Mark Linnhoefer – Ah, the MTV Video Music Awards. A great opportunity for people famous for dubious reasons to be appreciated by their legions of mostly underage fans. This year, the show was hosted by former Disney star Miley Cyrus and featured many so-called stars like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber.
The feud between Cyrus and the “Anaconda” star started on Twitter this summer when Minaj tweeted about the VMA’s being “racist” and geared towards “slim women” after her video for “Anaconda” was not nominated in any of the major categories. Taylor Swift felt called out by this tweet and a little back-and-forth banter ensued bringing in other celebrities trying to take sides or get in on the hype of the feud. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul offered to buy pancakes and coffee for the stars if they stopped fighting. Bruno Mars jokingly called out Ed Sheeran, who replied saying no matter how this went down it would not end well for Mars. All of this ended shortly with Swift apologizing.
At this point Cyrus chimed in and bashed Nicki in the New York Times – she said that the starlet was “not very nice” and “not very polite”, which, according to the former Disney star, is typical for Minaj. She furthermore accused the Pink Friday singer of making the whole issue about herself and starting a “pop star against pop star war”.
During the VMAs, Nicki Minaj was called to the stage to accept the Best Hip Hop Video Award for “Anaconda”. After thanking her pastor she went off script. Surprising everyone, she called out Cyrus saying:
“And now back to the bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press.”
The former Hannah Montana star replied by saying that the media “manipulate shit” in interviews, closing with a “Congratulations, Nicki.”
Nicki Minaj then moved her lips in a way that might have implied the word “bitch”, but no such thing has been confirmed by any credible source so far.
Another highlight of the VMAs was Kanye West’s 13 minute monologue in which he made the announcement to run for president 2020. He also sort of apologized to Taylor Swift for taking away her microphone in 2009.
Swift apparently made up with Minaj prior to this year’s awards as she performed with her and hugged her at the end.
The squabble between Cyrus and Minaj however is far from over and no apology is in sight yet. Those who are interested will surely follow the newest developments of this feud. This reporter surely won’t.