In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her “pop star war” with Swift that began in July. On the show, however, that “war” appeared to be over, with Swift joining the rapper during her performance of the “The Night Is Still Young.” Both in red, Swift performed some of her hit, “Bad Blood,” and the two closed with a hug.
After collecting best hip-hop video for “Anaconda” on Sunday, Minaj told the audience:
“And now back to this b—- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
Minaj’s microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with “we all know how they manipulate” words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times. Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award.
“I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it’s no big deal. It’s just an award and I persevered,” she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj.
She ended with:
The odd beef began in July when the nominations were announced and Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with “Anaconda,” was not up for video of the year. She tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and said black female entertainers don’t get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift, the top nominee with 10 nods, thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online, but later apologized.
Of course, the song wasn’t Cyrus’ only noteworthy moment of the night. Minutes before her performance, the former Disney star was changing backstage when the cameras cut to her to take the show to commercial. Cyrus was holding a curtain in front of her naked body, but it slipped as she grabbed the mic, exposing one of her nipples.
The Minaj-Taylor Swift beef was laid to rest after their surprising opening performance; Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award – which Swift presented – culminated in his 2020 presidential aspirations and was a long ramble at best; Justin Bieber cried after his performance; and hip hip pioneers Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel sang backup for Macklemore. Consider us confused.