Instant Follow Friday: Nicki Minaj Doesn’t Have Any Bad Blood

This week in social media, Nicki Minaj called out MTV, Taylor Swift responded because she misunderstood, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran took sides, then everyone kissed and made up. This world we live in is definitely a bizarre place.

In honor of the tweet(s) that started it all, Nicki Minaj is this week’s Instant Follow Friday.

Minaj’s video for “Anaconda,” in essence an expression of junk in the trunk positivity, was not nominated for Video of the Year at the VMAs. Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) was.

It’s interesting to note that before “Bad Blood” broke Vevo’s viewing record (20.1 million views in its first 24-hours) in May, “Anaconda” had been the previous record holder since August 2014 (19.6 million views in its first 24-hours). That is a lot of people.

Nicki Minaj, Anaconda, Gif

“This one is for my b*tches with a fat a** in the f*cking club.”

One would have thought that Minaj’s video – praised for its body positivity – would be a shoo in for Video of the Year nominations. Alas, for whatever reason, it didn’t make the cut. Naturally, Minaj justifiably aired her frustrations on Twitter. She wrote a series of Tweets that amongst them read:

“If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well.”

“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?”

“When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.”

“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”

Nicki Minaj, Anaconda,

“Oh my gosh, look at her butt.”

Minaj’s series of tweets garnered the attention of the media, and also the attention of one Ms. Taylor Swift, who heard “slim bodies” and naturally made the tweet all about herself. Using feminist grounds to call out Minaj, Regina George Swift, whose “Bad Blood” video essentially depicts a group of women squading up to fight – *sighs* – not crime, not the Capitol, not a nuclear war plant, not zombies, but another group of women, tweeted at Minaj:

“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..”

Not to drag on about the “pit women against each other” argument, but there’s also the fact that “Bad Blood” is (probably) a bitchy letter cc’d to Katy Perry, Swift’s pop nemesis…so, yeah. Underneath the dark cover of cameos and social media hype with a capital H, some could say that “Bad Blood” is kind of a hot mess.

Taylor has since apologized to Nicki: “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki.”

In any case, Minaj doesn’t need to win Video of the Year at the VMAs. She doesn’t even need to join Swift on stage if Swift wins – that’s not necessarily what this is about.

Minaj’s statements about the history of racism within the music industry, and her culturally important and legendary video for “Anaconda,” speak volumes. If anything, this whole Twitter exchange first and foremost shows that she’s above some mere bad blood. 

The three other nominations in the Video of the Year category are Beyoncé‘s “7/11″, Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (feat. Bruno Mars).

Additionally, Minaj and Bey’s collaboration on “Feeling Myself” did not get any love in the Best Collaboration category, but it totally should have.

Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Feeling Myself, music video

Can’t you see why?

Nicki MInaj, Beyonce, Feeling Myself

Nevertheless, Minaj does have reason to celebrate beyond the infamy that is “Anaconda”: she is up for three nominations (Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Minaj are up for Best Collaboration for “Bang Bang,” while “Anaconda” is up for both Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Female Performance). And she acknowledged her thanks and her Tweets in an excellent Instagram post, captioning it (in part):

“Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others. We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn’t anger. This is #information. It’s all love to MTV. Kisses to my fans and thank you for my 3 nominations. #ThePinkprintTOUR tonight in VA! Over 15 thousand people. I can’t wait to see u guys.”

Check out some of Nicki Minaj’s best Instagram pics in the gallery above. And here’s to what else will come out of the 2015 MTV VMAs (which airs Sunday, August 30, at 9:00 pm EST and is being hosted by Miley Cyrus).