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The way we look at it, if you're Taylor Swift and have your EVERY move monitored by cameras, at one stage or another you're bound to get caught out doing something unsavoury like breaking wind or picking your nose.

That's just the law of probability. So when we saw this video of the singer making a VERY strange noise indeed while introducing her Wildest Dreams video live on TV at Sunday night's VMAs, we had to laugh.

Gathered round the red carpet camera with a gang of BFFs including Karlie Kloss Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne and Selena Gomez, Taylor stayed cool despite the weird noise.

But despite her chilled reaction, fans soon began speculating about what had gone down.

Of course we can't say for sure whether poor Taylor let one rip or not, but she definitely appears to squat just before the noise, and looks either excited or guilty just after…

One of the greatest mysteries of the decade, surely.

MTV have since made a statement to say that the weird noise was actually due to a microphone fault, and not any kind of gassiness on Taylor's behalf.

"MTV can confirm that the sound heard in the moment Taylor Swift introduced her new music video, Wildest Dreams, was isolated to a production microphone. There was absolutely no possibility of it being Taylor or anyone in her party’s microphones picking up ambient sounds," they said last night.

Either way, we bet that's the last time Taylor chows down on burgers before heading on stage…

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Every year, something dramatic goes down at the MTV VMAs (we're thinking Kanye storming the stage to ambush Taylor Swift in 2012, or Britney's car-crash Piece Of Me staging in 2007), but last night just seemed particularly insane.

We were all expecting the MANY crazy outfits by host Miley Cyrus, but no one was expecting the major shade thrown between her and Nicki Minaj. 

Miley made it clear earlier this week that she had zero interest in patching things up with Nicki following their recent Twitter feud. 

But Nicki was not about to let her have the last word. While accepting the award for Best Hip Hop Video, the Anaconda singer turned her attention back to the host saying: "Back to this bitch, who had a lot to say about me in the press the other day." 

Rebel Wilson, who was on stage with Nicki at the time, had an expression so shocked that it pretty much summed up how the entire world was feeling watching at that very moment. 

No – there was just no getting away from the serious awkwardness of the entire scenario. 

Miley was always going to create controversy of sorts at the awards ceremony, but we're not sure this is what she had in mind. Still, and in fairness to the Wrecking Ball singer, she actually managed to acknowledge the shade without throwing it back at her. 

“Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate shit," she said politely. 

“Nicki, congratulations.”

To make things even worse for the 22-year-old, Nicki and Taylor Swift seemed like they were serious besties last night, even though Taylor was recently involved in her own well-documented Twitter feud with the rapper. 

The pair performed together at the awards and Nicki even tweeted afterwards to say: "Taylor, thank you for being epic." 

Indeed, it seems like the Trinidad and Tobago native is trying to create her very own girl squad (sans former Hannah Montana star Miley, natch): she posted a picture last night of her look from the red carpet alongside Tay-Tay, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears. 

 

Kisses to my girls

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Miley arguably got the last laugh though, as she made the HUGE announcement of a forthcoming album which she has kept completely under wraps. 

She surprised fans saying she would be releasing her new album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz online… for FREE! 

The ceremony then closed with Miley singing and dancing with the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race. 

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While gearing up to present the MTV VMAs this Sunday, Miley Cyrus gave the New York Times an insight into what she is planning for the gig… and she had a few choice words for some of the attendees.

The singer made sure to address the controversy kicked off by Nicki Minaj a few months ago, making it clear she wasn't happy with how things went down. 

As you probably remember, Nicki got caught up in quite the mess with fellow pop star Taylor Swift when she took to social media to express her disgust at not being nominated for a VMA for Anaconda.

The Pink Friday hitmaker tweeted: "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."

Although Nicki didn't address Miley (or anyone else) directly in her tweet, the Wrecking Ball singer was quick to get on the defence, saying the comments were uncalled for.

"Jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to — that's a yoga mantra," Miley told the NYT. "People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way."

Refusing to let Nicki off the hook easily, she continued, "If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don't respect your statement because of the anger that came with it."

She also suggested that Nicki may be acting a bit spoilt after missing out on the nomination. "It's not anger like, 'Guys, I'm frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.' You made it about you. Not to sound like a b*tch, but that's like, 'Eh, I didn't get my VMA.'" Miley added.

"What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It's not very polite."

OUCH.

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Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj are the latest celebs to air their dirty laundry over Twitter.

The two songstresses have found themselves going head to head over their respective nominations for this year’s VMA awards. Although, at further inspection it seems like there may have been a miscommunication somewhere along the way.

The nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards were released yesterday, with Taylor being nominated in an outstanding nine categories, including video of the year for Bad Blood.

Ms Minaj also received a hefty amount of nominations, including the nod for best female video and best hip-hop video for Anaconda.

But Nicki made no secret about how she felt slighted not being nominated for video of the year.

The Starships singers took to Twitter to voice her opinion. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”

As Taylor was nominated amongst Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, it is understandable that Nicki’s comment seemed like a dig at her.

Taylor replied saying “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”

However, Nicki’s reply made it seem as if she didn’t know what Tay-Tay was talking about. “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this.”

Could Taylor have simply misunderstood Nicki’s slight, or is Ms Minaj simply trying to cover herself after insulting an innocent person? 

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After picking up a whopping nine nominations today for the MTV VMAs, singer Taylor Swift rewarded fans by letting them in on a behind-the-scenes look at the prep for one of her most successful videos to date.

Bad Blood, which earned Taylor the majority of her VMA noms today, definitely showed Taylor at her fiercest yet, kicking villainous ass with an all-female team of allies, including Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Lena Dunham and Gigi Hadid.

The physical element of the video took a serious amount of training, as Taylor revealed today with a throwback video to her first day learning to fight with the help of two stuntmen.

 

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"Throwback to my first day of fight training for the Bad Blood music video. Thank you so much for the 9 nominations," the singer wrote.

While most of Taylor's Instagram updates revolve around her cats, baking, her celebrity pals and her on-stage antics, behind it all is a pretty strict fitness regime, too. "For me, working out is not so I can get skinny,” the naturally slim star told WebMD's magazine a few years back. “It’s so that I’m not panting on stage.”

These days, she takes SoulCycle classes with her pal Karlie Kloss when in New York, and hikes the Hollywood Hills while in Los Angeles. When it comes to her workouts, she's a cardio freak, saying she prefers running over anything else.

"I don’t like any kind of exercise other than running. And I love that because it’s about the music,” Taylor admits. “For me … running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am."

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It's been a whirlwind couple of years for Wicklow-born musician Hozier, whose song Take Me To Church turned him from an unknown singer-songwriter into Ireland's most successful musical export of the last decade. 

The song's video, a gritty black-and-white tale of homophobic violence, was shot back in 2013 with a budget of less than €2,000 and a turnaround time of just a few days. It's since been viewed an incredible 235 million times on YouTube and was even played at this year's Grammys, where Take Me To Church was nominated for Song of the Year.

Now, the two Cork filmmakers behind the video could be set to have their work recognised on yet another international stage, with the news that their video has picked up two nominations at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson were left stunned today to hear they'd been nominated for both Best Rock Video and Best Direction at the VMAs, which take place on August 30th in Los Angeles.

"It's the nicest thing, it really is lovely to hear," Brendan told SHEmazing! today from his home in Ballincollig, Cork.

Although Take Me To Church has been nominated for countless awards since its release in 2013, including a Billboard nomination this year for Best Rock Song, and the aforementioned Grammy nod, this is one of the first times that the video itself has been recognised by a judging panel.

"It's a bit odd," Brendan admits. "We haven't really even been up for small accolades or awards and now we're being nominated for two VMAs." Although things may have been quiet on the awards front, Brendan and Conal's filmmaking careers have come a long way since the video was shot almost two years ago.

The pair, both CIT graduates, now work with other Irish artists like Gavin James, MMOTHS and Young Wonder, though they'd never rule out working with Hozier again. "He's an absolutely lovely guy," Brendan says. "Seeing him in interviews now, he is still exactly as he was two years ago."

The lads' involvement with the video might never have come about, if it wasn't for a tweet posted by Brendan after he heard the song for the first time. Hozier was already signed to independent label Rubyworks at that stage, and after a few exchanges over Twitter and via email, a deal was made and a video shot in and around rural Cork.

When did Brendan realise the video – in which Hozier himself even makes a cameo appearance as a masked thug – was a viral success? Almost instantly, he says. "The night it was uploaded, Andrew [Hozier-Byrne] messaged me and said it was getting a huge reaction on Reddit. There were hundreds and hundreds of positive comments, which was unusual because Reddit users aren't always so kind."

Within 24 hours, the video racked up 100,000 views, and that number has been growing ever since. "Suddenly the song was everywhere," says Brendan of the unexpected success. "It never stopped going viral. It's mad. We were always waiting for that point where the hype would die off but it just didn't happen."

As for the upcoming awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the lads are understandably keen to head along. "I was straight onto the record company asking, 'Can we go?,'" Brendan jokes. "The VMAs are very celebrity-focused, which is why it's really great to be recognised in the Best Direction category, it feels a bit more meaningful."

We'll be watching out for the Cork flags in the crowd on August 30th…

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