A History of Nicki Minaj's Beefs: Celebrities Who Have Found Themselves on the Rapper's Bad Side
If there’s one vital lesson the music world has taught us over the years, it’s don’t mess with Nicki Minaj.
The 35-year-old rapper has cemented herself as a wig-loving, expletive-laden-lyric-delivering, no-nonsense force to be reckoned with. So, naturally, she’s had her fair share of feuds with other celebs.
Here, a list of stars who’ve found themselves on the rapper’s bad side.
The first hints of tension between the pair began in the spring of 2017, when Minaj appeared to “like” a fan’s Instagram comment dismissing one of Cardi B’s rap verses. Things only began to escalate the following summer after Cardi’s breakout single “Bodak Yellow” topped the charts and she signed to Atlantic Records.
Rumors of a feud continued to swirl as Minaj and Cardi offered guest vocals on various singles that could be construed as shade at the other — but both denied there was any bad blood.
“I mean, I don’t really want problems with anybody,” Cardi told Billboard in August 2017. “I don’t really got to do that whole industry beef.”
According to Minaj, the real beef began when they teamed up with Migos on “Motorsport” in October 2017. At the time, Cardi said in an interview that some lines in the track were changed last-minute before its release.
“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out,” Minaj said in a Beats 1 radio interview in April 2018. “The first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out, it just really hurt me. She looked so aggravated and angry and the only thing she said was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that verse.’ I was like, what?”
A month later, the beef appeared to be squashed when Cardi and Minaj were photographed having what looked like a heart-to-heart at the Met Gala.
“I never was feuding with anybody; there was a misunderstanding,” Cardi later told Howard Stern of the meeting. “It’s just something that had to be talked about because it was an issue.”
Their tiff reignited in August, when Minaj addressed Cardi on her Beats 1 Queen Radio show.
“I didn’t know Cardi and I had an issue. To me, she may have taken an issue with things that I’ve said, but I’m not going to bite my tongue,” Minaj said. “You gotta have thick skin. People talk s— about me all the time. I don’t go around and tell people to stop posting me because I see one bad thing about myself.”
Shortly after, Cardi revealed that someone — seemingly Minaj — had blocked her on Twitter.
Then, Cardi and Minaj’s cold war finally boiled over into an all-out physical altercation at Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS party on Friday in N.Y.C. While the source said it initially looked like Cardi and Minaj “might hug it out” inside the party, suddenly “it all went down.”
“Cardi walked towards Nicki and all of a sudden Cardi started screaming something about her child. She was yelling, ‘Bitch you feisty. Bitch don’t talk s— about my child’ at Nicki,” the source recalled about Cardi, who is mom to 8-week-old daughter Kulture Kiari with husband Offset.
Immediately following the incident, Cardi was escorted out by security while Minaj stayed inside. Cardi was seen leaving the party with a large lump on her forehead but no shoes.
“She left barefoot with her dress ripped and butt out,” source said.
Cardi later wrote a long scathing Instagram post that did not mention Minaj by name, but suggested she had tried to sabotage Cardi’s career and also spoken badly about Kulture Kiari.
On Monday, Minaj addressed the altercation on her Queen Radio show: “The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon people who have their life together. I was in a Gaultier gown — off the motherf—ing runway — and I could not believe how humiliated we all felt.” Minaj also went on to deny that she had ever spoken ill of Cardi’s infant daughter.
Minaj and the Terror Squad rapper have been feuding for years — Minaj supposedly dissed Remy Ma on her track “Dirty Money” off a 2007 EP, in which she raps, “Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown” while sampling one of Ma’s Terror Squad songs “Yeah Yeah Yeah” — but their rivalry reached another level in February when Ma dropped “ShETHER,” a 7-minute long diss track in which she accused Minaj of everything from infidelity to getting plastic surgery, which promptly set the Internet on fire and blew up the charts.
In March 2017, Minaj responded by dropping three tracks, including “No Frauds,” in which she teamed up with her Young Money label mates Drake and Lil Wayne. “You can’t be Pablo if your work ain’t sellin’ / What the f— is this bitch inhalin’? / Tried to drop ‘Another One,’ you was itchin’ to scrap / You exposed your ghostwriter / Now you wish it was scrapped,” Minaj rapped on the track (which alludes to “Another One,” Ma’s follow-up single, which didn’t get the same rapturous reception as “ShETHER”), before issuing a challenge to her rap rival.
“The greats took three months to respond to diss records. Queens don’t move on peasant time,” Minaj wrote on Instagram, addressing the two weeks that she waited before responding. “Queens shut down Paris, then drop hits on #QueenTime… Been writing my own raps since I was 11. God knows. Next week I’ll beat Aretha [Franklin] for the most Hot 100 hits on Billboard by ANY woman in the world EVER in the history of music. Stay in your bum ass place. Jealousy gets you nowhere.”
She added a challenge to Remy Ma, too: “Now I got a countdown of my own for Sheneneh. You got 72 hours to drop a hit and I’ll give you half a million dollars if you can book ANY show or interview without mentioning the Queen name.”
It all started with a tweet. Swift and Minaj had a heated exchange on the social media site after the rapper spoke out about her lack of a nomination for video of the year at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, seemingly referencing Swift’s nomination.
Swift, who was the only female to receive a nomination in that category, responded to Minaj’s tweet, accusing the star of pitting “women against each other.”
Minaj noted that she made no mention of the “Style” singer, and Swift soon called a truce in a follow-up post, writing, “If I win, please come up with me!!” (Swift ended up taking home the award.)
The “Blank Space” singer later tweeted an apology to the rap star, writing that she “missed the point” of Minaj’s tweets.
The two seemed to put all the “Bad Blood” behind them when Swift joined Minaj on the VMA stage in a show-stopping performance. But then in 2017, Minaj appeared as a featured guest on one-time Swift frenemy Katy Perry’s single “Swish Swish.”
Proving that she is not one to back down, Minaj confronted Cyrus at the VMAs (Cyrus hosted the award show) after the “Wrecking Ball” singer called her “not too kind” while commenting on the Minaj-Swift exchange in an interview with the New York Times.
“Now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj said after taking to the stage to receive the award for best hip-hop video. “Miley, what’s good?!”
Cyrus quickly tried to defend herself, telling Minaj, “We all do interviews. And we all know how they manipulate.”
“You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?” Minaj said of Cyrus.
During her stint as a judge on American Idol, Minaj warred with fellow panelist Carey – an Idol source told PEOPLE that Carey didn’t think Minaj could sing and “doesn’t think she should be judging folks.”
“Mariah has been saying little things to jab at Nicki from day one of shooting,” the source said.
Although other insiders said Carey did not provoke Minaj, a profanity-laced outburst (caught on video and posted by TMZ) suggested that Minaj was fed up.
“Farrah is a c— to her mother,” Minaj tweeted while apparently watching an episode of the MTV show.
Abraham hit back at the rapper, writing, “Cause your [sic] a parent right? Your [sic] videos look like porn Horrible good luck being negative #Godbless busy making TV.”
The spat continued, with Minaj urging Abraham to treat her mother better: “Be happy she’s helping!” Minaj tweeted
Although Minaj seemed to wash her hands of the feud, a Twitter video surfaced in the days following the feud of Abraham’s daughter Sophia calling Minaj a “total loser.”
The Queen of the Barbs was at odds with the Queen Bee early in her career: Kim told New York radio show The Breakfast Club 105.1 that the rapper stole her sound and her style.
The feud made headlines when Minaj dissed Kim in tracks on her Pink Friday album, and Kim responded with diss tracks on a mixtape pointedly titled Black Friday.
“When you aren’t mentioned in a post but didn’t do s— to the person,” Lovato wrote on a Snapchat photo, according to E! Online. (Both Lovato and Minaj were dressed in Moschino by Jeremy Scott for the event.)
Lovato took to Instagram, uploading a photo of Minaj seemingly sending her a sharp look on the red carpet.
“This pretty much summed up my first and probably last Met,” Lovato captioned the picture. “I’m obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life.”
Minaj didn’t comment on Lovato’s statements.
Days later, Lovato slammed critics in a late-night Twitter rant. “Sometimes there’s more to the story” she began. “Sometimes there’s more s— going on than you see,” she continued. “Maybe you DON’T know every aspect of my life so maybe you shouldn’t assume you know.”
In March 2018, Lovato revealed she left the fashion gala early to attend an AA meeting.
“I had a terrible experience,” Lovato told Billboard. “This one celebrity was a complete bitch and was miserable to be around. It was very cliquey. I remember being so uncomfortable that I wanted to drink.”
Many fans online believed Lovato left because of Minaj.
“I changed my clothes, but I still had my diamonds on — millions of dollars of diamonds on in an AA meeting,” Lovato said. “And I related more to the homeless people in that meeting who struggled with the same struggles that I deal with than the people at the Met Gala — fake and sucking the fashion industry’s d—.”
At the 2015 BET Awards, best female hip-hop artist winner Minaj appeared to diss Azalea in her acceptance speech.
“What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” Minaj said, seemingly insinuating that the “Fancy” rapper had used a ghostwriter.
Minaj didn’t deny slamming Azalea but later took to Twitter to elaborate on her speech.
“The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!” Minaj tweeted. “I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that.”
Soon after, Azalea responded to the drama online:
“If I had won the BET award that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year & I don’t mind – so you shouldn’t either,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that ‘happened’ at the BET awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time.”