Nicki Minaj cursing out Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards was among the craziest, most memorable moments from this year’s ceremony. One month after the incident, Minaj spoke to the New York Times about her VMAs showdown with Cyrus. According to the rapper, as she went onstage to accept her Best Hip-Hop Video award, “I saw [Cyrus] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, ‘What the!'”
After delivering an acceptance speech in which Minaj first thanked her preacher, she then called out Cyrus on stage, saying “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” MTV cut Minaj’s microphone before the situation escalated, but the New York Times writes that the television audience didn’t hear the rapper warn Cyrus, “Don’t play with me, bitch.”
After Minaj’s “Anaconda” was snubbed of a nomination in the Video of the Year category, the rapper tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.”
Speaking to the New York Times before the VMAs, Cyrus called Minaj’s comments disingenuous, saying the issue wasn’t so much about race and gender than it was about Minaj making it about herself. “I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it,” Cyrus said. “And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'”
Speaking about the entire situation, Minaj criticized Cyrus’ lack of understanding. “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.”
Later in Minaj’s profile, the subject of the feud between Meek Mill and Drake was broached, and the inquiry results in the abrupt end of the interview. The beef between the two rappers pitted Minaj’s label mate and friend Drake against her boyfriend Meek Mill, and Minaj revealed that she didn’t take sides during the beef because “It’s between them.”
“They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said, adding about the headline-grabbing feud, “I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.” The Drake/Meek Mill beef isn’t the only disturbance in Minaj’s world as Lil Wayne, the person who discovered her and signed her to Young Money, is involved in a much-publicized contract standoff with Cash Money founder Bryan “Birdman” Williams. Minaj was asked if she “thrives on drama,” and that’s when things turned sour.
“What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama,” Minaj asked. “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t.” The rapper then ended the interview.