Nicki Minaj’s VMA Tweets Lead to Hilarious Cascade of Misunderstandings With Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift
Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift called out MTV after the 2015 VMAs nominations were announced on July 21  Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment; Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Look what you started! Nicki Minaj may have just been venting her frustrations against MTV on Twitter on Tuesday, July 21, because she received only two 2015 VMA nominations for “Anaconda,” but her gripes on social media quickly turned into a series of funny misunderstandings with fellow nominee Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian.

After the nominees were revealed earlier in the day, the “Only” performer made clear to the network that while she appreciates the recognition she did receive, she feels she should be up for more than three awards. (In addition to the two nominations she received for "Anaconda," she and her "Bang Bang" cohorts Jessie J and Ariana Grande are contenders for "Best Collaboration.")

Minaj also took issue with the fact that while "Anaconda" is up for "Best Hip Hop Video" and "Best Female Video," it missed out on bigger categories like "Video of the Year." The nominees for that honor include SwiftBeyonce, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, and Kendrick Lamar.

To back up her point, the Pink Friday rapper retweeted several fan complaints about the perceived snubs, including some that made note of how "Anaconda" broke the Vevo record for most views in a 24-hour period. 

Minaj's tweets caught the eye of Swift, who received a "Video of the Year" nomination for her star-studded "Bad Blood" video. In response to the "Bang Bang" hitmaker's complaints, the "Style" songstress wrote:

Minaj followed up with:

Swift replied by extending an invitation to the rapper: 

Fans of Kardashian, 34, then thought the reality star was jumping into the fray with Swift and Minaj. The Selfish author, who had been posting gorgeous images from her makeup-free Vogue Spain shoot throughout the day, shared a photo from the spread with the caption “Imma let you finish but…”

And no wonder her millions of followers thought she was getting in on the action! Her husband, Kanye West, infamously jumped up on stage at the 2009 VMAs as Swift was accepting the Moonman for Best Female Video, took her mic and began his meme-spawning “Imma let you finish” speech.

Once Kardashian became aware of the hilarious misunderstanding, she quickly clarified that she was not, in fact, getting involved.

Minaj wasn't the only artist who took issue with MTV's list of nominees, though. Rapper Azealia Banks — who had a couple of big videos with "Ice Princess" and "Yung Rapunxel" but received no nominations on Tuesday — also voiced her frustrations on Twitter.

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