Update (7/24): In case your head is still in a tizzy from the "Anacondaflict" between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift—and seemingly every other pop star—take comfort in that the issue has been laid to rest.
Nicki appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to not only give the full explanation of what her string of tweets meant, but also that the beef is officially over.
"I spoke to Taylor Swift yesterday on the phone. She was super, super sweet and she apologized. She said, 'You know, look, I didn't understand the big picture of what you were saying, but now I get it.' So we're all good."
Nicki then furthered her T-Swift co-sign and said she'd love to collaborate. So, feud is over...at least between Nicki and Taylor. No word on how Katy Perry, Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran are feeling right now. Read on for a play-by-play of the now-squashed beef below.
Update (7/23): On Monday, Nicki Minaj torched the MTV Video Music Awards for failing to nominate "Anaconda" in arguably deserving categories like Best Choreography and Video of the Year. Nicki's disappointment—amplified by her hamburger-licious "Feeling Myself" video with Beyoncé going completely unnoticed—was multifaceted, steeped in body politics, race representation, and being a "different 'kind' of artist" than some of her more-VMA-nominated peers.
It seemed like that was the end of it; as with the Iggy Azalea "beef" of 2014, Nicki opted to drop no names, to shake her head at a flawed system rather than a fellow artist. A couple quick parting shots, though...
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
I'm not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it. https://t.co/2xOvJzBXJX— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
...somehow convinced Taylor Swift to jump in and say this was all "unlike" Nicki, and that it was explicitly about inciting female v. female feuds:
@NICKIMINAJ 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..— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Which: Wait, what? Huh? Why?
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Nicki didn't say much more, but she did retweet a shitload of thought-provoking remarks and posts. Including but not limited to:
So that's basically the end of that. UNTIL THE INSPIRATION FOR "BAD BLOOD," KATY "YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR" PERRY, WENT H.A.M.
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
Katy Perry just suggested that Taylor Swift is capitalizing on the thing she's lamenting: the all-too-easy woman vs. woman narrative. Because "Bad Blood" is one of the biggest songs of 2015, and because the video aimed to be one of the starriest videos ever, and 'cause "Bad Blood" is almost definitely about a seemingly trivial incident: It's a mass-appeal hit single born from KP hiring one of T-Swift's backup tour dancers.
“I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation. She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and people think they’re good. And I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant, her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a video of the year nomination but Beyoncé's '7/11' is in there and that is celebrating the female figure in every form.”
Okay. We're still not done, though, as just before lunch on Thursday, everything seemed to get resolved:
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on. https://t.co/mx9pfIdnzT— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
Then Onika turned people's attention to the much sadder story of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was threatened by a police officer at a routine traffic stop, arrested, and died in her jail cell.
Read below for the full backstory and all Nicki's original tweets.
Original story (7/21): Nicki Minaj is having her own Kanye moment over the just-announced MTV Video Music Award nominations.
The MC snagged three noms for the 2015 VMAs (see which ones right here), but that wasn't enough for her Minajesty. Nicki slammed the network on Twitter for the slight, specifically saying her "Anaconda" video was snubbed for Best Choreography and Video of the Year. She's of the opinion that an article on MTV.com about Ellen DeGeneres doing her dance moves should've been a bellwether for the song's cultural impact.
Things got a little more serious when Nicki wondered why the "Feeling Myself" video—a long-awaited collaboration with Beyoncé—didn't get any love. And why her video's been nominated in some categories but not others...
Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. 😘😘😘 Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or...?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. 😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
U couldn't go on social media w/o seeing ppl doing the cover art, choreo, outfits for Halloween...an impact like that & no VOTY nomination?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
When the "other" girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Nicki also posted some Instagram shade wondering about the combined powers of Beyoncé's enraged Beyhive and Nicki's incensed Barbz. Nicki added at the end of her Twitter spree that she's "shooting a video today," so there's something to look forward to no matter who wins what.
(And for those keeping score, the three artists who all were nominated in both Video of the Year and Choreography of the Year were Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar.)