VMAs dissing big butts? Nicki Minaj thinks so ... and she blames Taylor Swift

Nicki Minaj, left, performs with dancers at the annual Roskilde Festival, in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 4.

Nicki Minaj, left, performs with dancers at the annual Roskilde Festival, in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 4.

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Nicki Minaj racked up MTV VMA Award nominations for Best Female Video and Best Hip Hop Video for “Anaconda” on Tuesday.

But she was disappointed not to get a nod in the Best Video of the Year category. So she let loose a string of tweets blaming it, apparently, on body shape.

“Anaconda,” of course, is a celebration of ample booty, and so her conclusion was: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”


Taylor Swift, whose “Bad Blood” is in the running for Video of the Year, took offense and responded: “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...” Or maybe it was Beyoncé, the other woman in the field of five.

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