After announcing a big list of performers we can't wait to see like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Pharrell and many more, the network revealed Nicki Minaj will open the show.
Nicki must've made amends with the network, because when the VMA nominations were announced, she went off about being left out of the show's biggest category – Video of the Year – even though she is nominated in three other categories. "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," she tweeted, adding, "I'm not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it."
The tweet appeared to be directed at Taylor Swift, who was nominated in the category for "Bad Blood." Taylor soon chimed in, tweeting, "@NICKIMINAJ 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."
While the two later squashed that beef (Nicki said she wasn't referring to Taylor, for starters), the show's host, Miley Cyrus, brought that controversy to light again when she slammed Nicki's comments.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Miley said, 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 said. "And 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.'" Gulp.
And that wasn't all. Miley added, "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It's not very polite. I think there's a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don't have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn't even on what you wanted it to be about."
"I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don't understand because I'm a white pop star," she continued. "I know the statistics. I know what's going on in the world. But to be honest, I don't think MTV did that on purpose."
Considering Miley is hosting the show and Nicki is now the opening act, things could get a little awkward when VMAs air live Sunday night. We'll have to wait and see how this one turns out.