Taylor Swift Tells Nicki Minaj 'I Missed the Point' over VMA Nominations Twitter Exchange – and the Rapper Accepts Her Apology
“I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki,” Swift Tweeted Thursday morning.
Minaj quickly replied, “That means so much Taylor, thank you.” In response to a fan excited that the pair made up, the rapper added, “I’ve always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let’s move on.”
On Tuesday, Swift and Minaj made headlines when they had a tense interaction on Twitter after the rapper complained that her video for “Anaconda” was not nominated for video of the year because it didn’t feature enough women “with very slim bodies.” While Minaj didn’t reference any specific artist or video, Swift took the Tweet to be about her. (Swift’s celebrity-studded video for “Bad Blood” was nominated for video of the year.)
“I’ve done nothing but love & support you,” Swift wrote. “It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”
Swift also invited Minaj to come onstage with her if she wins the award, adding that she’s “invited to any stage” that she’s ever on.
The exchange gained a lot of attention, with Katy Perry and Swift’s friend and fellow video of the year nominee Ed Sheeran weighing in with their own take on the online debate surrounding the stars’ Tweets.
On Wednesday, Minaj clarified her initial Tweets about the VMA nominations, saying that her remarks had “nothing to do with” Swift or Beyoncé, who was also nominated for video of the year for “7/11.”
“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,” Minaj wrote. “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.”
Now that Swift and Minaj have officially buried the hatchet, Ricky Gervais has chimed in with a lighter take on the situation.
“I know we’re all relieved that Taylor and Nicki have reconciled, but I still can’t totally relax till I know what Katy thinks of it all.,” he writes. “When you’ve lived through Tupac & Biggie, so called celebrity feuds just don’t seem to cut the mustard any more.”