Now that the drama has had a few days to settle, Nicki Minaj banished rumors that she and pop star Taylor Swift are beefing. “We’re all good,” the rapper said prior to her performance on “Good Morning America: on Friday. “I spoke to Taylor Swift yesterday on the phone,” Minaj told host Lara Spencer. “She was super, super sweet and she apologized. She said, ‘Look, you know I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying, but now I get it, so we’re all good.'”
If you’re just catching up, Minaj called out MTV for snubbing her in the Video of the Year category and not giving Black female artists credit for their influence on pop culture. Fellow nominee Swift took Minaj’s Twitter discussion as a personal jab, accused Minaj of pitting women against each other and took it one step further by suggesting one of the male nominees took her slot. She later apologized for not grasping the big picture.
Minaj continued by detailing how the misunderstanding began. “I posted something on my Instagram and it just showed the stats of other videos that had been nominated previously, and it just seemed to be a little funny business going on…’Anaconda’ had such a huge cultural impact, and on top of that, we broke the Vevo record. This is actually my third time breaking the Vevo record. ‘Anaconda’ therefore should have been nominated, and I do think if it was the pop girls, they would have had many nominations for it,” she said of similarly scintillating music videos. “I think I got two for ‘Anaconda,’ for Female and for Hip-Hop, and it should have been for [Video of the Year]. That’s all we were saying, and it is what it is.”
As Minaj as stated several times now, her intention was to call attention to perceived racism regarding the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards nominations. Upset that her “Anaconda” and “Feelin’ Myself” music videos were snubbed in major categories, she tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” However, it was downhill from there as both the “Bad Blood” singer and Barbz fans began to do just that … pit against one another. As Katy Perry said in Minaj’s defense, “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…”
After days of drama ensued (with Katy Perry and Camilla Belle taking shots at Swift), the “Style” singer made peace with Minaj Thursday and the rapper accepted. “I’ve always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let’s move on.” Tweeted Minaj.
And it appears that a hit may come out of this. When asked if Minaj would ever collaborate with Swift, she replied, “I’m sure we can. You know why? Because it takes a big person to do what Taylor did and everyone sometimes speaks out of turn, you know? I’ve been there. Sometimes we do things and we don’t think right away or we don’t investigate and then we just talk, so it was big of her to come out and say that. So yes, we spoke for a long time. We were cracking up laughing on the phone. It’s over, you guys. And I love you guys for supporting me. Thank you so much. — I would love to. Of course I would love to work with her.”