The MTV Video Music Awards announced their 2015 nominations on Tuesday, and already it has prompted celebrity in-fighting. Nicki Minaj complained on Twitter that "if your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," and Taylor Swift took that personally, replying, "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."
Witnessing this, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran also decided to do battle, but their heated social-media exchange was entirely in jest. Mars got it started with a tongue-in-cheek provocation: "Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran Fuck You!" Sheeran responded in kind: "any way we do dis you gon' come up short."
Minaj and Swift soon patched things up after Swift's mea culpa: "I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki."
Though Minaj was left out of the Video of the Year lineup, she and Swift are both up for Best Female Video. You can weigh in on that one and more here at Gold Derby by making your predictions in all 15 VMA races.
Minaj has won Female Video once before, for "Starships" in 2012. Swift has won twice, for "You Belong with Me" (2009) and "I Knew You Were Trouble" (2013). Another win for Swift would tie Madonna's all-time record of three victories in the category.
Beyonce is also aiming for that milestone. She earned her ninth nomination this year and has won for "Crazy in Love" (2003) and "Naughty Girl" (2004). Speaking of feuds, Beyonce famously lost that prize to Swift in 2009, prompting Kanye West to interrupt Swift's speech to protest the result.
Beyonce, Swift, Sheeran and Mars all face off in the Video of the Year contest, where only Beyonce is a past victor ("Single Ladies," 2009).
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