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Nicki Minaj Explains VMA Tweets Were About Crediting Black Women as Trendsetters

Nicki Minaj Explains VMA Tweets Were About Crediting Black Women as Trendsetters

Nicki Minaj has taken to Instagram to explain why she was upset with the 2015 MTV VMA nominations this year.

While most headlines focused on the 32-year-old rapper’s exchange with Taylor Swift, Nicki says there was a bigger message about racism that was overlooked.

Marie Claire, thank u ❤️ Time Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Complex, Vibe, Karen Civil, TV Guide, etc. The list goes on of news/media outlets who used their voice to help me make a very obvious point,” Nicki wrote.

She continued, “Thank you so much. 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. 😘❤️”

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  • Davis

    It was about not being nominated stop

  • AG

    her videos are all porn full of fat sluty women with huge boobies and Brazilian butt lifts

  • beautylover

    Both her and Taylor are trash i can’t believe this woman wants us to pay 20 bucks to see her shaking her fake ass in that video with behoency !

  • namers

    This mindset has more to do with a low self esteem and getting approval from men; NOTHING to do with female empowerment.

  • k.

    I wish she had been clear from the beginning, and hadn’t made the comment on skinny women

  • Rocktivity

    You should win a video award just because you look good in a video? Maybe you weren’t nominated because your song SUCKED. And may I point out that the equally curvy and non-Caucasian Beyonce was also nominated for video of the year?

  • Sim

    Nikki and people that support have no shame .
    Sick of black Twitter mobs and black celebrities using racism be all excuse for everything especially when whinny ungrateful entitled brats get called out.

    Really ??? about rascim when two women were nominated one black and one white , one thin and with not.. But it’s about rascim amd skinny girls.

    Out 5 nominations 3 are non-white.. But it’s about rascim…. sure it was.

    Out 75 nominations 43 black but it’s about rascim.

    She’s the female version Kanye.

  • Mike1288

    Over the white/black crap. Black people aren’t ALWAYS victims. Black woman get acknowledged all the time for their contributions. Is Beyoncé not one of the most nominated woman in history at this point? Not to mention all the other decades where black people have been credited. Motown, blues, rap and hip hop, even rock (Tina Turner). Those categories (wth the exception of rock) are ruled by African Americans. Nicki rode on coat tails (Baby got back), she was not changing the game so why is she so butt hurt? And at the end of the day this isn’t a Grammy.

  • Mike1288

    Well let’s not even get started on that. Then we would have to talk about why she must objectify herself and other woman to “rap.” Is there nothing to you but your butt? I’m sure there is but I don’t see it. I just see your butt. And that isn’t my problem as a guy but the message you are sending. You want to change things be real. Take your Asian weave out, stop the survey and skin lightening and rap about something real. Not about cliche sex subjects.then I’ll say your worthy of any award. And that goes for any artist. Everything is becoming or is cliche.

  • Shenanigans

    can anyone honestly remember what Song taylor won for over Beyonce? im loath to defend beyonce, but even i remembr single ladies and the moves that go with it. By all means, the stupid somg will be remembered for years to come, But taylor? sorry, i cannot even remember whT she won for. Niki’s point was poorly articulated, but it wasnt difficult to figure out. it was t about black and white, and i wish she had left out the skinny reference.

  • Tris

    Welll Nikki your tweet still doesn’t make sense.

  • Janette

    Why is Taylor Swift getting backlash? The comment made was a description of the “slim women” in the video Taylor Swift was nominated in. Curvy or slim women are women. Instead of going after her she should of gone after the award show whom she believes wronged her. She should’ve said something about this last year when Iggy won in front of her but instead she sat there quietly. Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, etc. got nominated. This isn’t about race. Kehlani & Jhene Aiko got snubbed and should’ve been recognized. This award show is a popularity contest not for recognizing trendsetters or good music..

  • shoes4life

    Maybe the AVA’S will recognize your trashy video.

  • plez

    If she really felt this was a real issue than it should have been brought up before the VMA noms or sometime after. Not the day she does not get a nom she expected to get. Because then it just looks like she is whining only about herself.

  • Weentrat
  • PlayNice

    I completely understand Minaj’s point. What she is saying is 100% true. Racism is alive today and rising, especially in the music and acting industries. You’re kidding yourself if you think the opposite.
    btw, if it matters, I am a white woman.

  • Nish

    Wish she was this enthusiastic about winning her BET awards…

  • dorii

    so sick of black people using racism as an excuse for everything, has it occurred to nicki that anacona was just not good enough.i really hate this video for its disturbing and disgusting portrayal of women which clearly aiming at straight male audience. maybe nicki needs feminism 101 and starts to figure out some new themes in her video instead of porn-like highly sexualized women twerking.

  • Mónica Provera

    So what I think is that Nicki got mad as hell because she didn’t get nominated, went on to twitter to relieve some anger and pointed out to the person who got 9 nominations and whom I think she really can’t stand. She never thought Taylor would backfire like that, as that’s not her usual move, but she did anyway and Nicki got out of the mess using the race card, and surprisingly it worked. The reality is that 3 out of 5 videos nominated for VotY have black protagonists–let’s not forget Taylor’s nominated for a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar who’s nominated again alone–one of them being a Beyoncé one. Does not Beyoncé represent black women and their success and efforts for pop music? I’m sorry, I’m lost… Rihanna won VotY in 2012 and Beyoncé in 2009. Maybe, the problem is not how skinny or slim are Taylor Swift’s friends (including Serayah, by the way) but Nicki’s Anaconda for starters. Maybe that video broke records because people wanted to find out why the excitement around it but quickly understood it is garbage. It got parodied and everyone made fun of it… Maybe it was tasteless and Nicki, Miley and cia need to understand that you can be sexy without showing so much. Maybe it’s not about showing your booty but about moving your curves. I think everyone is missing this point nowadays, even Taylor who was the only one to not go on stage half naked until this last tour… Also, I think Nicki or Katy need to think less about the awards and more about the music, that way the awards would come on their own.
    (Sorry if my writing is not that good, trying my best to not think in Spanish).

  • Mónica Provera

    It’s rising and it’s worrying because it’s resurfacing really fast but the point is–and this is only my opinion–that Nicki used the card when she felt trapped on a corner. In this particular case the race issue is out of place (3 out of the 5 videos nominated have black protagonist, one being Beyoncé’s). I think she wanted that nom, she felt robbed and she attacked with the slim bodies reference… I don’t think Taylor misunderstood. I think Nicki’s move was a masterclass for how you get out of a mess victoriously and Taylor had no other choice but to apologize.

  • Mónica Provera

    You Belong With Me from her second album, Fearless.

  • Shenanigans

    I was thinking it was the princess song from her first album.

  • Mónica Provera

    That’s Love Story and it’s also from her second album, the one that won Album of the Year at the Grammy’s.