Miley Cyrus didn’t hold back saying how she really felt about Nicki Minaj.
In July, Minaj went on a Twitter rant about how “Anaconda” was snubbed for a Video of the Year nomination at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as her and Beyonce’s song “Feeling Myself.”
“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she tweeted. “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, ‘Anaconda’ would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well.”
She also accused the VMAs of body shaming, posting that “black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”
Cyrus, who is hosting Sunday’s VMAs, tells the New York Times that Minaj went about this all wrong.
“If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself,” the 22-year-old singer said. “Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.’”
Cyrus claims that Minaj lost focus of the issue at hand. “You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.’”
When Minaj started in on her VMA Twitter rant this past July, Taylor Swift, a Video of the Year nominee, took the attack personal, tweeting: “I’ve done nothing but love and support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”
Swift later apologized to Minaj, saying she “missed the point” of the tweets — but Cyrus still isn’t supporting the “Starships” rapper.
She even questioned Minaj’s character.
“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,” Cyrus told The Times. “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.”
The former “Hannah Montana” star also took notice of what people may think about her speaking out on the subject.
“I know you can make it seem like, ‘Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star,’” she said. “I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose.”
As for who she’s rooting for on Sunday, Cyrus admitted that she’s not too familiar with the nominees’ music. “I like what Kendrick [Lamar] does. I don’t really know many of these,” she confessed. “I don’t really listen to this music. I’m probably the most disconnected host in history. I don’t have TV. I have Apple TV. I’m so the 22-year-old that’s like, ‘Who’s TV?’”
Cyrus is, however, pumped to host the VMAs and jokingly revealed how she got the job. “Van Toffler, who runs MTV, it was his last year. He’s leaving, and so he can’t get fired,” she said. “He was like, ‘I want to do something crazy — I want you to host the VMAs, because I want that to be my last shebang.’”
While that sounds like a promise that this year’s awards will top her 2013 performance, VMAs executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic assured ETonline that MTV is prepared for anything.
“We’re always ready for that,” he says. “Not really speaking specifically to our host, I think you always have to be ready for that in live TV.”However, he did promise that “everyone’s going to be talking about this show.”
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