Amid tensions stemming from the VMAs themselves, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj have let bygones be bygones. The pop culture princesses came together at the 2015 VMAs to perform Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young” and Swift’s “Bad Blood,” complete with matching outfits.
This is a positive, amicable move, as well as a public statement that the two are moving on from their infamous Twitter feud earlier this month. After discovering that track “Anaconda” had been snubbed from receiving a nod for “Best Video of the Year,” Minaj tweeted her outrage, stating that “slim bodies” were “celebrated,” while videos such as hers would remain neglected. At the time, the 32-year-old artist claimed that decisions such as these were an indication that racism and sexism were both alive and well, even within the context of such progressive groups as MTV.
When Swift responded to Minaj’s tweet with a statement of her own, Minaj denied any intention to call Swift out. Onlookers picked teams, fans obsessed, and Twitter racked in the page views.
Tonight seems to be a step in the right direction; a unified movement to illustrate that the singers’ relationship is more important than a petty award.
But it is notable that shortly after Swift was announced as the winner, Minaj tweeted a rather cryptic message.
Ah, well. Moving forward.