The spitfire rapper gave a very public response to Miley's recent comments in the press, but many question if the whole thing was an act.
The MTV VMAs happened last night, and it was an acid laced explosion hosted by none other than Miley Cyrus. It was also apparently the place for people to lay their beefs to rest, or so MTV wants viewers to think. Nicki Minaj opened the show with the song "Trini Dem Girls" followed by "The Night Is Still Young." It was on this song that Taylor Swift appeared, joining Minaj in a duet. And then they officially squashed their beef by singing a few lines from Taylor's "Bad Blood" and hugging it out at then end. Aww...precious.
But no one really cares about that beef, the one everyone is talking about is Nicki vs. Miley. Cyrus made the news recently for chastising Minaj for her reaction upon discovering that she was not nominated for "Video of the Year." Minaj had not responded to the charge, choosing to wait until she had a very public stage to do so.
Now, the immediate question on everyone's mind is, was this real? After all, MTV played up the bad blood between Swift and Minaj as well as beat to death the fact that Swift was going to present Kanye West with the "Video Vanguard Award." They were wisely taking advantage of every bitch fight in town to boost their ratings, and with Nicki's sly smile at the end of her rant, it's easy to see why some would think this was planned. And maybe it was.
Or maybe it wasn't.
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That is an angle not seen on the live broadcast, and it shows Miley looking genuinely shocked. Not to mention the incredibly awkward excuse about the media misinterpreting what she said. After Minaj called her out, (and called her a bitch off mic several times) Miley was quick to try and brush what had just happened under the table. But just 30 seconds later, she had a change of heart and pointed out the fact that when she lost a VMA award, she survived and moved on.
Many people who attended the awards show claim that the interaction did not seem staged, including Jezebel's Kara Brown who said, "It definitely didn’t seem like Miley knew Nicki was going to say that."
One thing no other outlet seems to mention however, is that on multiple occasions when the broadcast was going to commercial, MTV's narrarator mentioned the possibilty of another female beef possibly being squashed after Minaj and Taylor made up. This could have been clever marketing, or MTV tipping their hand to let everyone know something was about to go down. For now it remains a mystery, one that will probably continue to play out until someone fesses up or we get a Minaj/Cyrus collaboration that incinerates the internet.