Nicki’s 2015 VMA night was off to a great start — she performed “Trini Dem Girls” and then brought out Taylor Swift to collab on “The Night Is Still Young” and “Bad Blood” to open, and then she took home the award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda.”
But she wasn’t all smiles in her acceptance speech. It did start that way, though.
After having some fun on the way to the stage — she paused for a quick dance break before walking up the steps and to the mic — the Young Money rapper launched her speech with plenty of positivity.
“I wanna thank my beautiful fans,” she said. “I love you so much. You guys are so epic and I hope you follow your dreams.”
But then, when she was getting ready to toss back to host Miley for the introduction of the next segment, she ripped into the night’s host.
“Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press; Miley, what’s good?”
Miley, from a different part of the stage, quickly hit back: “Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate sh-t. Nicki, congratulations.”
If you’re a little confused, here’s what’s going on here: Nicki’s comments were in response to an interview Miley gave with The New York Times last week, where she was asked about Nicki and Taylor Swift’s online war of words.
“What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind,” she said. “It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News ’Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.'”
Right after she got off the stage, Nicki hopped onto Twitter for a good laugh.
We’ll see where this goes.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) August 31, 2015