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12 Biggest Feuds of 2014

The year in celebrity beefs, brawls and brouhahas

Jay Z, Solange Knowles

Jay Z and Solange Knowles' infamous elevator fight was just one of 2014's 12 biggest celebrities feuds

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You can tell a lot about a year by its celebrity feuds. Taylor Swift's 2014 spats, for instance, solidified her status as the biggest pop star of the moment while those who crossed her came off looking like also-ran's. With the exception of one major conflagration in an elevator, the majority of this year's biggest confrontations went down on Twitter, thereby challenging whether or not they actually even count as confrontations. Most importantly though, thanks to social media's full takeover of our waking lives, any small slight could explode into a full-blown throwdown in seconds. 

Diplo, Taylor Swift, Lorde

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Diplo vs. Lorde and Taylor Swift

Producer, DJ, globe-trotter (and Katy Perry's rumored boyfriend) Diplo has a consistently raunchy Twitter feed, but he took aim at the wrong target in November when he joked that someone "should start a Kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty." Because this is the Internet, someone created a Fundly account within the hour called "Get Taylor Swift a Booty," that, while it doesn't go into logistics of how said booty will be acquired, nevertheless snagged $95 from four, uh, charitable donors. But when Diplo tweeted the link, he brought forth the wrath of 17-year-old pop star and T. Swift bestie Lorde. "Should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm," she tweeted to the DJ – inspiring 52,000 retweets (to Diplo's 5,000). But it was all in honest fun, according to an interview Lorde gave to Fader, because Diplo "is like a big brother" to her and she was just "not letting him say stupid shit."

Kiss

Kiss

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Kiss vs. Kiss

Any member of the Kiss Army knows that the chances of a reunion between current members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and their estranged bandmates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are less than a snowball's chance in hell, but when the band got its long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, many fans held out hope that the group's original members set aside their differences for one ceremony performance. That hope lasted just long enough for Simmons to open his mouth: "The makeup is earned," the guitarist told Brian Hiatt in our March cover story. "Just being there at the beginning is not enough. . .You can't blame your band members."

In the article, Simmons pointed to Criss' and Frehley's penchant for drugs and alcohol for the rift in the band that led to its eventual breakup, though Frehley had other thoughts: "The real reason they don't want to perform with me and Peter is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour," he said of Simmons and Stanley. "We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They didn't want to open up a can of worms." After some back and forth about allowing the current lineup (with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer replacing Frehley and Criss, respectively) to play, the group posted a note on its site that Kiss would not play in any incarnation whatsoever at the induction ceremony, "to bring this to a quick end." As promised, the original band members failed to set aside their differences and didn't perform at the ceremony (though they all did attend and accept their awards). Their verbal sparring continues to today.

Francis Bean Cobain, Lana Del Rey

Francis Bean Cobain and Lana Del Rey

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Frances Bean Cobain vs. Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey's flair for the dramatic ended up getting her in trouble earlier this year when, in an interview with Tim Jonze of The Guardian, Del Rey told the writer, "I wish I was dead already." The statement came in the context of Del Rey's unhappiness with pop stardom. "I don't want to have to keep doing this, but I am," she said. "I wouldn't be scared if I knew [death] was coming." Del Rey later tried to distance herself from the quotes, suggesting in a series of tweets that she didn't want to continue the interview but the "journalist was persistent." Jonze discredited this version of events, saying that the singer "was delightful company" for their full 70-minute interview time, even posting the audio in which Del Rey made the comments. One person who was less than delighted was Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Kurt Cobain, who tweeted, "The death of young musicians is nothing to romanticize." (When admonished by a Del Rey fan, Cobain clarified that she had no animosity toward the singer.) Del Rey then tweeted at Cobain, "It's all good. [The interviewer] was asking me a lot about your dad. I said I liked him because he was talented, not because he died young. . .I don't find that part of music glam either."

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