Pop superstar Taylor Swift apologized Thursday to rapper Nicki Minaj after striking a rare false note in an online row over the MTV Video Music Awards nominations.
In a separate tweet, a defiant Minaj added: “Oh but trust me”.
And happily for the 25-year-old singer, Nicki, 32, has accepted the apology.
It led to Minaj accusing Swift of defending the “racist media” after her fellow star thought Minaj was tweeting about her. She gained so much more respect from me.
The spat between Taylor and Nicki erupted after the hip hop star slammed the VMA shortlist after her “Feeling Myself” promo missed out entirely and “Anaconda” was overlooked for the top prize, Video of the Year. Some of her early tweets pertaining to the MTV snub were: “Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations”.
“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year”, Minaj tweeted on Tuesday.
“I’m not always confident”.
Minaj denied her tweet was aimed at Swift and was actually a comment on black women and their influence on pop culture.
With Swift inviting Minaj to come onstage with her if she wins the award, Minaj later retweeted a fan’s post that called for Swift to “stop using “support all girls” as an excuse to not be critical of racist media that benefits and glorifies you”. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. “Maybe one of the men took your slot”, Swift, a self-identified feminist, wrote on Twitter.
While Swift was widely praised as being fearless for speaking up about problems in the music industry last month, Minaj was being labeled as hysterical and raging for speaking up about problems that concern her.