6 Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year (So Far)
From Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' VMAs spat to Meek Mill and Drake's diss track exchange, here's a look at the most heated showdowns of 2015.
1. Nicki Minaj vs. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus
Minaj and Swift first became embroiled in a feud after Minaj tweeted her discontent over "Anaconda" being snubbed for video of the year at the 2015 MTV VMAs, seemingly targeting Swift's "Bad Blood" nomination in the process. The rapper tweeted: "When the 'other' girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination" and "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year." Swift, who though that she was being called out, wrote in response: "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.." The two eventually reconciled after Minaj made clear that her tweets weren't targeting Swift, and the "Bad Blood" singer subsequently apologized for misunderstanding and misspeaking (they again proved they were on good terms when Swift joined Minaj onstage during her performance at the VMAs). Cyrus became thrown in the mix when she commented on Minaj's previous tweets in an interview with the New York Times, saying that she didn't respect her statement "because of the anger that came with it. 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.' " Minaj caught wind of Cyrus' comments and made a point to call her out at the podium while accepting the award for best hip-hop video at the MTV VMAs. "And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what's good?" she said at the end of her acceptance speech.
2. Meek Mill vs. Drake
Meek Mill blasted Drake on Twitter for supposedly using a ghostwriter to pen his raps, including his featured verse on Meek Mill's track "R.I.C.O." The Dreams Worth More Than Money rapper tweeted: "Stop comparing drake to me too.... He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out!" and "He ain't even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album..... I don't trick my fans! Lol." Drake responded by releasing diss track "Charged Up" and a second freestyle titled "Back to Back," which featured the lyrics "Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?" (referencing Meek Mill's opening slot on girlfriend Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint tour). Tweeting that Drake's disses were "baby lotion soft," Meek Mill dropped his own diss track "Wanna Know," on which he named three of the rapper's potential ghostwriters with lyrics like "I just wanna know, I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller? Was it Hush or was it Detail where you really got your flow."
3. Donald Trump vs. Rosie O'Donnell
Trump and O'Donnell have exchanged harsh words for years, dating back to 2006 when O'Donnell, then a co-host on The View, called Trump a "snake-oil salesman" and claimed he had gone bankrupt during a broadcast. Trump vehemently denied filing for bankruptcy and retalieted by telling People, "I'll most likely sue her for making those false statements – and it'll be fun. Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie." Though the two have continuously traded insults over Twitter since then, Trump recently resurfaced their feud during the first Republican debate. When moderator Megyn Kelly noted, "You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals," Trump interjected to say, "Only Rosie O'Donnell." O'Donnell responded to his dig by tweeting: "try explaining that 2 ur kids." Trump has also engaged in public spats with Kelly, Jorge Ramos, Roger Ailes and a handful of others this year.
4. Lil Wayne vs. Birdman
Lil Wayne's feud with Cash Money co-founder Birdman went public late 2014 when he tweeted in early Dec.: "I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain't that easy." The rapper's conflict with his label quickly escalated earlier this year, when he filed a $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money Records claiming that his contract had been violated and millions of dollars had been withheld from him for the delayed release of his album Tha Carter V. Lil Wayne later told Rolling Stone that he was no longer on speaking terms with Birdman and was "super-numb" to their legal fallout. In July, Birdman let his ill feelings towards Lil Wayne show when he reportedly threw a drink at the rapper during one of his performance sets at a Miami club.
5. Kelly Osbourne vs. Giuliana Rancic
The beef between the two former Fashion Police co-hosts first began when Rancic make a joke about former Disney star Zendaya's red-carpet look at the 2015 Oscars, stating that her dreadlocks made it seem like "she smells like patchouli oil ... or weed." While Rancic became embroiled in controversy over her racially insensitive comments, Osbourne, frustrated that she was being dragged into the situation as a friend of Zendaya's, made clear on Twitter that she doesn't "condone racism" and was "seriously questioning staying on the show" as a result. Soon after, Osbourne stepped down as co-host and officially announced her departure from the show (with Kathy Griffin following her lead). Since then, Rancic has publicly mentioned that the two are no longer on speaking terms and in April, Osbourne told People, "Giuliana is not often wrong. She really isn't, but it's been really, really heartbreaking to see her behavior that has transpired when she did get caught being wrong." When Rancic appeared on the Today show to speak about the incident, Osbourne posted a cryptic tweet following the interview: "Liars always get caught."
6. Zayn Malik vs. Calvin Harris
Harris sparked an argument with the former One Direction member by responding to a post that Malik retweeted on his Twitter which condoned Taylor Swift's comments on Spotify's handling of artist royalties. The shared post compared Swift's views to that of Miley Cyrus, who has been open about not caring about album sales ("I've made my money," she recently told W Magazine). Harris tweeted to the original poster (@FemaleTexs) and Malik: "You've made your money? Cool...f--- the 99% of musicians who depend on these services to survive right? Yeah f--- em" and "While u kids are refresh voting teen choice awards there's some poor fucker in a basement making your new favorite record trying to survive." He continued in defense of Swift: "If u don't get what it means when a successful artist uses their celebrity to benefit every other musician and songwriter in the industry... ...stay out my f---in mentions pls." Malik responded by tweeting, "ha you just made an absolute fool of yourself mate ... so i suggest you calm your knickers before them dentures fall out." He ended his Twitter rant by calling Harris a "dickhead." Harris, deciding to play nice, ended the argument by clarifying that his comments were targeted towards the quote, and not Malik himself. He wrote, "Best of luck, genuinely. You've got a great voice."