Nicki Minaj Talks VMA Rant: Black Women Aren’t Credited for Their Contributions

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Nicki Minaj thanked supporters on Wednesday, July 22, following her VMAs rant; it's "a system that doesn't credit black women," she wrote, hinting that her complain has nothing to do with Taylor Swift Prince Williams/FilmMagic

She’s getting the last word. Nicki Minaj thanked her supporters on Wednesday, July 22, following her epic rant against the MTV Video Music Awards and her discussion about race in the music industry.

“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. Thank you so much,” Minaj, 32, tweeted.

“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,” she continued. “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.”

One day earlier, Minaj got into an awkward spat with fellow VMA nominee Taylor Swift. Minaj called out the awards show for not nominating her in the Video of the Year category, but Swift, 25, took it as a personal dig.

“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it,” Minaj wrote at the time.

When Swift quipped back that she’s “done nothing but love and support” her, Minaj replied: “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13.”

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Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic

Amid the chaos, Bad Blood 2.0 also crept in. Swift’s former pal Katy Perry defended Minaj. She also called out the show for totally disregarding her BFF Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video.

“Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…” Perry, 30, wrote on Wednesday. She added: “The real travesty is where is the shine for #BBHMMVideo when VMA eligibility period was 7/7/14-7/1/15 & that gem dropped 7/1… @MTV.”

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