MANILA, Philippines – It was a moment for the books at this year's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) – rapper Nicki Minaj was onstage receiving her award for Best Hip Hop Video, when suddenly, addressing pop star and the evening's host Miley Cyrus, she said: "And now back to this bi*ch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what's good?"
That was last August. In an interview with the New York Times released October 7, Nicki spoke up once more about the awkward incident that launched a thousand memes.
‘‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad," she said.
"If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’
The interview goes on on to explore the changes Nicki's gone through in her career, the controversies in the hip hop world in relation to artists like Drake and Meek Mill, as well as Nicki's views on her own body image and social media's obsession with appearances. Head on over here for more.
At the VMAs, Nicki blasted Miley onstage after Nicki received her award. Afterwards, Miley said this onstage: “We’re all in this industry. We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate. Nicki, congratulations."
And the Moonman for Best Hip Hop video goes to.. #VMAs http://t.co/SWRN5MPOOT — MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
MTV also posted this:
https://t.co/rKDvHdI0LD — MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
Earlier, Miley spoke to the New York Times, weighing in on the VMA nominations issue brought up by Nicki that resulted in a misunderstanding between Nicki and pop superstar Taylor Swift.
"If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: 'This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.'"
"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.'"
Back when the MTV VMA nominations were announced, Nicki had tweeted her disappointment that "Anaconda" was not nominated for Video of the Year, saying "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year." (READ: Taylor Swift responds to Nicki Minaj's tweets on the MTV VMAs)
Now Nicki never actually mentioned any names in her tweet, but Taylor, whose star-studded "Bad Blood" music video was nominated for Video of the Year, responded, saying that she had always loved and supported Nicki, and that it was uncharacteristic of Nicki to bash other women.