Why Does Nicki Minaj Hate Miley Cryrus?

Was that real? Nicki Minaj just called out Miley Cyrus after accepting an award at the 2015 VMAs. Just after receiving the award for Best Hip-Hop Video with her classic “Anaconda,” Minaj, after thanking her pastor, called out Miley Cyrus for comments Cyrus made to the New York Times, saying “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

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Host Miley Cyrus attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Back in July, Minaj ranted on Twitter about how she hadn’t been nominated for Video of the Year, citing apparent racism. The Queens rapper didn’t appear to pick on anyone specifically, at the time.

Taylor Swift then responded to Minaj’s claims:

Cyrus spoke about Minaj picking on Taylor Swift, saying:

What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.’

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Cyrus attempted to quell the tension, congratulating Minaj twice for winning the award, and saying that reporters “manipulate” things that celebrities say.

Oddly there seemed to be a uneasy peace earlier in the night when Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj performed on stage together.