Just after Nicki Minaj went off on Miley Cyrus onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, some viewers thought it was fake. But, the rapper spoke about it to the New York Times and it sure feels very real to her.
Minaj says she blew her lid when she was accepting the award for Best Hip Hop video and caught a glance of the show’s host, Cyrus.
”I saw [Cyrus] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, What the!” Minaj told The Times.
To recap: In a series of July tweets, Minaj insinuated that her lack of inclusion in the category’s nominees involved racism, because “‘other’ girls” who break records and have an impact on culture get nominated. She also felt that being body positive about curvy, more ethnic bodies vs. slim bodies affected her chances of being nominated. It turned out Swift felt Minaj’s tweets were targeting her and lashed back at the rapper. They soon patched it up with Swift apologizing. They even performed together at the VMAs.
But while Swift was safe, Cyrus wasn’t. The singer told The Times that Minaj’s comments lacked an “open heart” and came off “not very polite” and “not too kind.”
So, Minaj took the opportunity onstage to address Cyrus.
“Now, back to this b—h that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj said. “Miley, what’s good?”
Cyrus responded: “Hey, we’re all in this industry. We all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate. Nicki, congratulations.”
A month or so later, Minaj was still bothered by Cyrus’ comments.
”The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Minaj said. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
Business Insider has reached out to Cyrus’s representatives for comment.