Nicki Minaj Blasts VMA Snubs: "Anaconda" Should Have Video of the Year Nomination

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

MTV announced the 2015 VMA nominations earlier Tuesday (July 21), and despite Nicki Minaj getting three nods, Barbz across the Twitterverse were quick to point out that Nicki's Beyonce collaboration "Feeling Myself" was nowhere to be found. That didn't sit right with Nicki, who publicly called out MTV on Twitter hours after the nominations reveal. "MTV thank you for my nominations," she tweeted. "Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or ... ?"

After retweeting a few fans' similar complaints, Minaj opined that "Anaconda" (which is up for best female video and best hip-hop video) would be up for video of the year if she were "a different 'kind' of artist." Minaj added, "When the 'other' girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination." She's presumably alluding to Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," the only other record-breaking video from a woman nominated for video of the year.

According to Nicki, "U couldn't go on social media w/o seeing ppl doing the ['Anaconda'] cover art, choreo, outfits for Halloween ... an impact like that & no VOTY nomination?"

One possible explanation for one of the snubs? "Feeling Myself" initially dropped as a Tidal exclusive, which meant fewer people saw the clip (at first) than if it had hit YouTube. Even some of Minaj's fans were quick to point this out on her Twitter and Instagram.

Indeed, Taylor Swift appeared to pick up on the not-so-subtle references to her own video. Swift responded by tweeting at Minaj, "I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other." She also invited Minaj to join her on stage if she wins. 

Minaj replied to Swift's tweets by denying that was referring to Swift. "U must not be reading my tweets," Minaj wrote. "Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much."

Other music and television stars couldn't help but make light of the tension. Following Minaj's posts, Bruno Mars tweeted, "Yo, I want in on this Twitter beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran F— You!" He also retweeted an image of himself and Ed Sheeran that was doctored to resemble a boxing promotional poster.

Aaron Paul also chimed in later in the day, offering to treat the two female musicians to coffee and pancakes to "talk this thru": "Dear @taylorswift13 and @NICKIMINAJ, I love you both. How about we all get together and talk this thru? Coffee? Pancakes?? My treat. Ap"

July 21 at 7 p.m.: Updated to include tweets from Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.

July 21, 8:23 p.m.: Updated with Aaron Paul's tweet.

A version of this article initially appeared on Billboard

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