Nicki Minaj on Taylor Swift apology: ‘It takes a big person to do what Taylor did’

Rapper says the pair are 'all good' following their Twitter disagreement earlier this week

Nicki Minaj has praised Taylor Swift for apologising to her both privately and publicly following the pair’s high-profile disagreement on social media.

Swift admitted on Twitter last night (July 23) that she misunderstood what Minaj was trying to say when she spoke out about the MTV VMA nominations earlier this week. “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki,” she wrote on Twitter. Minaj then tweeted to say “thank you” to Swift for her apology.

Now Minaj has revealed that she and Swift also spoke on the phone to resolve their differences. During an appearance on Good Morning America today (July 24), the rapper said the pair “spoke for a long time” and “it was super, super sweet”.

Discussing the specifics of her conversation with Swift, Minaj recalled: “She said, ‘Look, I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying but now I get it,’ so we’re all good.” The rapper then said of Swift’s apology: “It takes a big person to do what Taylor did.”


The disagreement between the two stars began when Minaj took offence at her omission from the Video Of The Year shortlist at this year’s MTV VMAs, blaming the music industry’s inherent racism. It led to Minaj accusing Swift of defending the “racist media” after the ‘Shake It Off’ singer thought Minaj was tweeting about her.

Swift is nominated in the prestigious category alongside Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson, while Minaj’s videos for ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Feeling Myself’ were overlooked.

Minaj began the conversation: “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.”

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”.

Other pop stars also got involved in the conversation, with Katy Perry appearing to criticise Swift’s role in the disagreement, tweeting: “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalises on the take down of a woman”.

Ed Sheeran, meanwhile, defended his friend Swift and called Minaj’s argument “redundant”, pointing to Beyonce’s nomination as proof that artists of all backgrounds are recognised by MTV.