**UPDATE: Swift Apologizes** Taylor Swift and Nikki Minaj Go Head-to-Head Over Racism at MTV Video Music Awards

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UPDATE — Taylor Swift apologized to Nicki Minaj on Thursday morning:
“I thought I was being called out,” Swift wrote in a tweet to Minaj. “I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki.”

Nicki Minaj earned three MTV Video Music Award nominations this week – but the rapper was apparently unsatisfied, because she took to Twitter to complain that her music video for “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for the network’s top “Video of the Year” honor.

“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” the Pinkprint rapper tweeted Tuesday, adding: “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.”

Minaj’s “Anaconda,” which racked up nearly 20 million hits in 24 hours after its premiere last year on Vevo, picked up nods for Best Female Video and Best Hip Hop Video, and the rapper earned one more for her collaboration with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on the video for “Bang Bang.”

But “Anaconda,” which now has over 488 million hits on YouTube, was shut out of the Video of the Year category in favor of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Beyoncé’s “7/11.” Ed Sheeran (“Thinking Out Loud”), Kendrick Lamar (“Alright”), and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk”) also scored nominations for the top award.

And Minaj couldn’t let it go:

Taylor Swift apparently took Minaj’s Twitter rant personally, as she tweeted Minaj to let her know it wasn’t her fault that “Anaconda” got snubbed:


But Minaj insisted Swift’s nomination had nothing to do with her frustration, and said Swift “must not be reading my tweets:”

Minaj also criticized “white media,” and in particular, former American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, for blowing up her response to Swift:

The whole thing seemed to blow over a few hours later, but not before Bruno Mars tried to get in on the fun:

The MTV VMA’s will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on August 30. View the full list of nominations here.

Below, check out more of Minaj’s tweets:


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