Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Slam Rumors of a Feud: 'No Silly Ass, We Love Each Other'
Fans speculated about a feud between the pair after the hip-hop queen dropped her latest single, "Bust Down Barbiana"
Fans speculated about a feud between the pair after the 36-year-old hip-hop queen dropped her latest single, “Bust Down Barbiana.” On the track, Minaj can be heard rapping “Killing everybody beat, thank u, next Ariana.”
Some listeners took the line to be a dig at Grande’s smash song “Thank U, Next,” but the 25-year-old pop star addressed the rumors head-on via Twitter, when a fan asked, “So it wasn’t shade?”
“No silly ass,” Grande responded. “There will never be anything but love between us ever. She’s been there for me (in real life) every time I’ve needed somebody and I’ll always be there for her. We love each other. Bet.”
Minaj agreed with Grande by quoting her tweet and then responding to it herself by writing: “Not more than you’ve been there for me behind the scenes. Love you. For life.”
Grande wrote back to the sweet message with “the most,” flanked by emojis for waves and a black heart.
The duo first became close after collaborating with Jessie J on the 2014 pop banger “Bang Bang,” and Grande sang on the Minaj track “Get on Your Knees” later that year. Minaj repaid the favor on Grande’s 2016 song “Side to Side,” and in 2018 they appeared on each other’s LPs.
Relations seem less harmonious between Grande and the Grammys.
According to a report from Variety, the star — whose Grammy appearance and rumored performance has been advertised on billboards promoting the show — will not be serenading the audience at the Staples Center or, for that matter, even showing up. Grande’s decision to pull out was prompted by a disagreement with the show’s producers, the magazine reports, quoting sources close to the singer.
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Grande wanted to perform “7 Rings,” her latest break-up anthem released in January, and producers allegedly refused, prompting her to feel “insulted,” according to Variety. Eventually, both parties reached a compromise that included “7 Rings” as part of a medley, and that Grande could pick whichever second song she wanted. But she still rejected the offer, the outlet reports.
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Reps for Grande and the Recording Academy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
The Nickelodeon alum is nominated for two Grammys this year: one for best pop vocal performance for “God Is a Woman” and another for best pop vocal album for Sweetener. She’s been nominated four times in the past but has yet to take home the gramophone.
The pop star’s next album, Thank U, Next, will hit shelves on Friday, just two days before the Grammys — and a little less than six months after Sweetener debuted.