Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Quarrel Over MTV VMA Noms

One of the reasons why Nicki Minaj is such a beloved artist is because she’s fierce as hell and stands up for herself. Today, she is standing up for herself because “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself” both somehow missed out on some crucial VMA nominations.

Feeling Myself,” an instantly iconic video that marked the first time Beyonce and Nicki Minaj have appeared onscreen together, was left off the VMA list entirely. Meanwhile, early The Pinkprint single “Anaconda” — which broke the VEVO record for views and sparked relentless waves of parodies, copycats, and memes last year — was left out of the race for Video Of The Year, relegated to the Best Female Video and Best Hip Hop Video categories. Which is crazy; that video is easily synonymous with 2014 as a whole. So, Nicki is taking MTV for task over these snubs, and the Barbz are helping. Read her argument below; it’s hard to disagree.

Lol u guys did we miss the deadline?? #MTV?

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Then Nicki retweeted some dissatisfied fans, who helped list off the records “Anaconda” broke:

Next, Nicki starts using language about the “kind” of artist she is. Read: a black woman who isn’t afraid to own her sexuality. Remember, her bare ass on the artwork of “Anaconda” led to a huge wave of slut-shaming backlash…

Like I said before, Nicki notes how hard it is to ignore the cultural impact of “Anaconda.” It was ubiquitous.

This seems like it’s about Taylor Swift, right? Is it just me? Even if you don’t like Nicki that much, I think we can all agree that her video was better than one of the other Video Of The Year entries: Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” No joke, I had to Google and watch that video just to see what it was about, and my main takeaways is that it sounds like a complete rip-off of “Let’s Get It On.”)

After the tirade, Nicki said she’s shooting a video today, and thanks her fans for the continued support:

We’ll see if MTV has any sort of response, though I doubt they will address this. If nothing else, this does raise some important questions about the deadline and guidelines that are used to select the videos, though.

UPDATE: It seems like Taylor Swift also thinks Nicki is talking about her:

And Nicki has responded with another tweet, denying implying anything about Taylor but calling on her to use her sizable clout to speak out on this issue.

Taylor:

Then Nicki retweeted this…

She took issue with an @OnAirwithRyan tweet (“[email protected] blasts @NickiMinaj for #VMAs jab: ‘I’ve done nothing but love & support you'”), then brought Tidal into it.

And a few more RTs…

This is not a joke, Bruno…

UPDATE 2: