“First of all, I spoke to Taylor Swift yesterday on the phone,” Nicki said. “She was super, super sweet. She apologized. She said, ‘You know, look, I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying but now I get it.’ So we’re all good.”
“I posted something on my Instagram [showing] the stats of other videos that had been nominated previously, and it just seemed to be a little funny business going on. ‘Anaconda’ just had a huge cultural impact, and on top of that, we broke the Vevo record,” Nicki continued. “So this is actually my third time breaking the Vevo record, and ‘Anaconda,’ therefore, should have been nominated. I do think if it was one of the ‘pop girls,’ they would’ve had many nominations for it. I think I got two nominations for ‘Anaconda,’ for Female and Hip-Hop, but it should’ve been for the Year, and that’s all we were saying.”
When speaking about comparisons to Taylor, the rapper said that she thinks “we just have to have both images for girls. We can’t have only, you know, one type of body being glorified in the media, because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are.”
“It takes a big person to do what Taylor did, and everyone sometimes speaks out of turn. I’ve been there,” Nicki added. “It was big of her to come out and say that. We spoke for a long time, we were cracking up laughing on the phone, and it’s over, you guys.”
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“that’s taken out of context and not what I was saying was redundant at all” Ed, 24, wrote to Buzzfeed UK after they published an article with his comments that Nicki‘s argument was “redundant.”
“I was making a point about body image and not race, whilst sticking up for a mate, I definitely said it wrong though, apologies,” Ed added.
Later, after Taylor apologized, a fan tweeted at Ed, “Look @edsheeran, your friend is admitting she was wrong. Time for you to admit you missed the point,” to which Ed responded, “I’m very aware that I missed the point.”
“That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️” the 32-year-old rapper wrote on her Twitter account. “I’ve always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let’s move on.”
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,” Nickiwrote.
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. 😘❤️”