Nicki Minaj accuses Taylor Swift of defending ‘racist media’ following MTV VMA nominations

Minaj took offence at being omitted from the Video Of The Year shortlist

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift have exchanged a series of barbed messages via Twitter following the recent nominations for the MTV VMAs.

The nominations for MTV’s Video Music Awards 2015 were unveiled on Tuesday (July 21), with Swift racking up the highest number of nominations. The singer is nominated for nine awards at this year’s ceremony.

However, following the news, rapper/singer Minaj seemingly took offence at the omission of her clips for ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Feeling Myself’ from the Video Of The Year shortlist.

Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are all nominated alongside Swift in the Video Of The Year category.

Taking to Twitter, Minaj initially wrote: “Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or…?”, continuing: “If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well”.

The star continued to write: “When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination”, a tweet that Taylor Swift deemed to be about her.

Swift replied: “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..”

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Minaj responded to deny claims that the tweets were a swipe at Swift, adding: “Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this”.

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”.

Minaj also criticised the media’s allegedly contrasting coverage of Swift’s Spotify boycott and her support of Tidal, writing: “I’m so glad u guys get to see how this stuff works. Taylor took her music off spotify and was applauded. We launched Tidal & were dragged.”

Swift has not yet responded to the later tweets. See a collection of tweets from the exchange below.

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Arctic Monkeys, Florence And The Machine, Alt-J , George Ezra, James Bay and Sia are also for awards at the MTV VMAs. See the full list of nominations below.

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards take place on August 30 in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus will host.

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
The Weeknd – ‘Earned It’
Nick Jonas – ‘Chains’

Best Female Video
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’
Taylor Swift – ‘Blank Space’
Nicki Minaj – ‘Anaconda’
Sia – ‘Elastic Heart’
Ellie Goulding – ‘Love Me Like You Do’

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap – ‘Trap Queen’
Nicki Minaj – ‘Anaconda’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – ‘See You Again’
Big Sean ft. E-40 – ‘IDFWU’

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Taylor Swift – ‘Blank Space’
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Maroon 5 – ‘Sugar’

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Best Rock Video
Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
Fall Out Boy – ‘Uma Thurman’
Florence + the Machine – ‘Ship To Wreck’
Walk the Moon – ‘Shut Up and Dance’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap – ‘Trap Queen’
Vance Joy – ‘Riptide’
George Ezra – ‘Budapest’
James Bay – ‘Hold Back The River’
FKA Twigs – ‘Pendulum’

Best Collaboration
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – ‘See You Again’
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – ‘Love Me Harder’
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – ‘Bang Bang’

Video with a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Still Love You’
Colbie Caillat – ‘Try’
Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend – ‘One Man Can Change the World’
Rihanna – ‘American Oxygen’
Wale – ‘The White Shoes’

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’ (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – ‘So Many Pros’ (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – ‘Would You Fight For My Love’ (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – ‘Go’ (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – ‘Where Are U Now’ with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – ‘Gold’ (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Don’t’ (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Never Catch Me’ (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Never Catch Me’ (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’ (Christopher Probst)
FKA twigs – ‘Two Weeks’ (Justin Brown)
alt-J – ‘Left Hand Free’ (Mike Simpson)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’ (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’ (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’ (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’ (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – ‘Sober’ (Hiro Murai)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – ‘7/11’ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Don’t’ (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’ (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – ‘L$D’ (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – ‘Where Are U Now’ with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’ (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA twigs – ‘Two Weeks’ (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – ‘Telegraph Ave.’ (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo – ‘Where Are U Now’ with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – ‘F****** Young/Death Camp’ (Gloria FX)
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