A great many things happened at this year’s VMAs that had people talking.
Kanye’s bid for presidency and Justin Bieber’s emotional rollercoaster however were pretty much eclipsed by the back and forth between Nicki Minaj and host Miley Cyrus.
While many have been saying that the while production, including the tears of Bieber was staged, others are pointing to Miley’s reaction as proof that Nicki went off-script with her apparent diss.
But how did we get to this point? It seems like these were two artists who were practically pals? Were they not in the studio together working on a track at some point?
Apparently, things may not be all that that seemed as we took a look back at the relationship between the duo over the last few years.
In 2012 Miley dressed as Nicki for Halloween. Nicki then told USA Today that she was the “best Nicki Minaj impersonator I’ve seen in my life!”
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 31, 2012
In 2013 Miley spoke about how the two were often compared to one another, but wanted to point out that they were two very different people:
“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.”
Later that year the two appeared to be working together in the studio, but Nicki later told E! News that “it didn’t work out.”
Then Anaconda went on to break Miley’s Wrecking Ball record on Vevo, before Miley posted a photo of herself with a very Nicki Minaj-esque physique.
Nicki couldn’t seem to find “one good reason” Miley would do such a thing, but she seemed to be able to laugh it off as a joke.
In the run up to the VMAs however, things took a definite turn as Miley told the New York Times about Nicki’s back and forth with Taylor Swift: “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind.”
Judging from Nicki’s sharp response on stage, it looks like things between this two may not always have been as friendly as we thought.