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Scoop: Nicki Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus at MTV VMAs

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Host Miley Cyrus appears at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper was being a poor sport about not receiving a nomination for video of the year.

After collecting best hip-hop video for “Anaconda” on Sunday, Minaj told the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles: “And now back to
this b—- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

Minaj’s microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with “we all know how they manipulate” words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times. Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award.

“I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it’s no big deal. It’s just an award and I persevered,” she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj.

She ended with: “Congratulations Nicki.”

In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her “pop star war” with Taylor Swift that began in July. On the show, however, the rapper ended her issues with Swift at the show: The performers joined forces onstage.

After Minaj entertained the audience with her upbeat “Trini Dem Girls,” Swift joined the rapper during her performance of the “The Night Is Still Young.”

Kanye goes on long rant

Kanye West gave a long rant at the MTV Video Music Awards as he apologized to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009, admitting “I don’t understand awards shows” and claiming he would run for president in 2020.

Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. He rambled onstage and said he “rolled up a little something” before his speech.

“This arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different setup, this stage will be gone, after that night, the stage was gone, but the effect that it had on people remained,” West said of running onstage during Swift’s speech at the 2009 VMAs. “The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists.”

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