The two powerhouse singers got into quite the heated Twitter disagreement this week after Minaj was snubbed for a VMA nomination and seemed to put down Swift in the process of expressing her discontent with the awards.
Swift admitted on Twitter that she missed the point of what Minaj was saying and instead thought, "I was being called out."
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
Minaj was quick to respond.
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on. https://t.co/mx9pfIdnzT— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
Though Swift's misconception of Minaj's message wasn't entirely unfounded.
@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Swift's video for her song "Bad Blood" was nominated for Video of the Year and features a ton of her and her model and celeb friends. Beyoncé was the only other female nominated in the category.
But Minaj insists that she wasn't calling out Swift, rather the music industry for not understanding the influence she and other artists like her have in the industry.
And she shared a clip from a Marie Claire article to further prove her point.
Marie Claire, thank u Time Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Complex, Vibe, Karen Civil, TV Guide, etc. The list goes on of news/media outlets who used their voice to help me make a very obvious point. Thank you so much. Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn't credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others. We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn't anger. This is #information. It's all love to MTV. Kisses to my fans and thank you for my 3 nominations. #ThePinkprintTOUR tonight in VA! Over 15 thousand people. I can't wait to see u guys.
We're happy that these two ladies have been able to put this beef behind them. But it did start a debate that's worth having, since there has been a lot of discussion about bias in these award shows that has gone unheard for years now.
Hopefully the good that will come out of this Twitter feud is MTV's reevaluation about how artists are chosen as nominees. Did Swift deserve her nomination? Absolutely! But that also doesn't mean Minaj should be snubbed for her influence. It's a careful line to walk, but maybe the solution is similar to how the Oscars handled their categories: open it up to more artists each year. Because there are definitely more than five music videos that had a huge impact.
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