Miley Cyrus And Nicki Minaj: What Caused Their Onstage Feud?

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Of the many, many memorable moments at the 2015 VMAs , perhaps the one that had people talking the most was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus ' scathing war of words onstage .

After Nicki was presented with the Best Hip-Hop Video VMA, she shot at Miley: Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press; Miley, what’s good?





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Miley, across the stage, came back: Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate sh-t; Nicki, congratu-f--king-lations, she said, before throwing some more shade Nicki's way with her expressions and intonation.

But how did we get here? Let's take a look back at their relationship over the years.



  • Miley dressed like Nicki for Halloween in 2012. https://twitter.com/MileyCyrus/status/263607535595036672
  • 'She is the best Nicki Minaj impersonator I've seen in my life. She's adorable!' Nicki told USA Today after seeing the outfit. Getty Images
  • 'A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That's not what I'm trying to do. I love 'hood' music, but my talent is as a singer,' Miley told Billboard in June 2013. Getty Images
  • In the summer of 2013, Mike Will posted an in-studio photo of himself with Nicki and Miley. https://instagram.com/p/cwJsbHFhiP/
  • A couple months later, in September 2013, Nicki told E! News , 'There was a song that was a possibility but it didn't work out.' Getty Images
  • In August 2014, 'Anaconda' broke the 24-hour Vevo views record previously set by Miley's 'Wrecking Ball.' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDZX4ooRsWs
  • At that year's VMAs, Miley told MTV News, 'I can bring that wrecking ball, but I can't bring that ass,' when asked about 'Anaconda' breaking the Vevo record set by 'Wrecking Ball.'
  • Later on, Nicki re-posted Miley's 'Anaconda' meme, apparently strauggling to figure out 'one good reason' why Miley made the picture her Twitter avatar -- but she did add some cry-laughing emojis.

    Give me one good reason why Miley made this her twitter avi. ???????????? #AnacondaOniTunes ?

    A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Aug 10, 2014 at 3:50pm PDT

  • The two sat next to each other at the 2015 Grammys in February. Getty Images
  • And even introduced Madonna together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66YkvjQVG5w
  • But then in the lead up to this year's VMAs, when asked about Nicki and Taylor Swift's back-and-forth, Miley told The New York Times last week, What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind.' Getty Images
  • And then finally on Sunday night when she won the Best Hip-Hop Video VMA, Nicki fired at Miley for those comments, not holding much back.