Tiffany Haddish kicked off the 2018 VMAs with an unexpected diss. While her and Kevin Hart were presenting the award for Best Hip Hop, the Girls Trip comedian commended Camilla Cabello for being nominated in five different categories. She then turned to the camera and said: “So for those of you watching at home….HAAY FIFTH HARMONY!”
Cabello was formerly a member of Fifth Harmony before she opted to become a solo artist last year. While her former group mates Lauren Juregi and Normani Kordei have also released solo material, Cabello has seen the most commercial success. After Haddish and Hart presented the award to Nicki Minaj, the rapper clapped back at Haddish’s comment by saying: “Tiff, don’t be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that b*tch.”
Haddish’s comments caught fire on Twitter, where several users were shocked by the casual shade. “Damn. I feel bad for what’s about to happen to @TiffanyHaddish’s socials after that @FifthHarmony diss,” wrote one user. “Didn’t have to go there to put @Camila_Cabello over.” Another user tweeted: “Tiffany Haddish ain’t cute for that Fifth Harmony joke. Normani is gonna crack top 10 next week. If you gonna make a joke at least know what you’re talking about.”
Other users took the diss less seriously, and were merely amused by Haddish’s remarks. E! News adds that Haddish did manage to poke fun at Cabello as well, as she was unable to pronounce her name. “Camila Cabellelo… Cabello… Camille Cabello,” she said. “You know I can’t read that good. I only speak English, and that’s mostly in Ebonics. She’s nominated for five VMAs tonight. I’m super proud of her!”
After the surprising dig at Fifth Harmony, the camera cut to Cabello, who just shook her head and smiled. Hart, who co-stars alongside Haddish in the upcoming comedy Night Class, tried to soften the exchange, saying: “Tiffany went there. See, you never know what’s gonna happen at the VMAs. Beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom and send outcrazy tweets. It’s basically like any day in the White House.”
In the group’s defense, Fifth Harmony has taken home three VMAs over the years for Best New Artist, Best Pop Music Video and Best Collaboration. Check out some additional VMA news below involving rapper Logic and singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder.