Nicki Minaj feels extremely snubbed by the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, and went in on Twitter, much to the delight of her Barbz.
It all started when MTV tweeted a congratulatory statement to Nicki about being nominated for a 2015 VMA for “Best Female Video” and “Best Hip Hop Video” for “Anaconda.” Minaj felt “Feeling Myself,” her video with Beyonce, should have gotten a nod too and insinuated that Black women in music don’t get the respect they deserve, despite being a major influence on pop culture and White artists get all the love.
Here’s the string of tweets:
Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. 😘😘😘 Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or…?
Somehow Taylor Swift, who is nominated, felt like this was a personal attack on her (side-eye), and tried to come for Nicki with a tweet that is now deleted (but not before the Internets got a screen grab):
Did Taylor Swift really just try to make the issue about her when it’s obviously not? Of course she did!
But Nicki is sharp, so she tossed in a polite drag…
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13
Silence on Taylor Swift’s end, but Nicki has a point. I’m just wondering why these Black artists still put so much thought into institutions that aren’t really here for them in the first place.
As a media insider, I can tell you that many Black artists don’t think the Black-focused award shows that actually do celebrate them mean ish. Then they get wake up calls when stuff like this happens.
In the meantime, I’m going to pull out the world’s tiniest violin, because she’s still working, making music, making tons of money, and has crazy fans who are blindly devoted to her. Their cosigns and accolades are a large part of what really keeps her in business anyway.