The MTV Video Music Awards ceremony reignited a feud between Nicki Minaj and show host Miley Cyrus. The Anaconda singer launched a verbal attack on the Wrecking Ball singer live on television as she received the award for best hip hop video.
"And now back to this b---- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what's good?" she told the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old American rapper was reacting to Cyrus's attack during an interview with The New York Times.
The 22-year-old bisexual singer tried to explain that she had been "misquoted" by the press and remained calm while responding to the verbal attacks. "We're all in this industry. We all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate shit. Nicki, congratulations," she said.
In the New York Times interview, the former Disney star had criticized Minaj for bringing racial conflicts to the VMAs award nominations. "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind," Cyrus told the Times. "It's not very polite. I think there's a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don't have to start this pop star against pop star war... I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don't understand because I'm a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what's going on in the world. But to be honest, I don't think MTV did that on purpose."
This is what the Anaconda singer had written on her Twitter handle after she was not nominated for the video of the year award.
"If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for video of the year. I'm not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it."