Twitter has become an outlet where many go to discuss their thoughts on all topics from politics, racism and our favorite subject the music business. Yesterday we witnessed hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj address her frustrations over the MTV VMA nominations for ‘Video Of The Year’ that includes nominees Kendrick Lamar, Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift. Nicki sent out a tweet saying, “When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.” Nicki didn’t mention anyone but country-pop singer Taylor Swift thought it was directed towards her when she pressed the reply button with “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to put women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..”
When issues like this occur we’re reminded of one thing and one thing only: women in music need to stick together no matter the race, color, body image, or genre of music you chose to create. Women have had a hard enough time gaining the same respect as their male counterparts whether they work behind-the-scenes or are directly in the forefront of the harsh music industry. We’re reminded of the respect that MC Lyte had to gain back in the1990’s and became the first solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy while that category was eliminated in 2005 for a lack of female artists able to compete. Adele another singer-songwriter broke records with her album 21, making her the first women in history of the Billboard 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, and the first female artist to simultaneously have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. Women have proven time and time again that we are capable of making game changing decisions that shock the world. We’re not saying that everyone has to be best friends but we should try harder to understand each other’s emotions and why they are valid in this case Taylor understanding why Nicki feels the way she does.
We don’t expect to see Nicki and Taylor collaborating on a song together any time soon or even be seen holding hands but as quickly as this issue arose it can descent just as quickly. We would love to see these two solve their issues online and even have some interaction on the VMA stage. Taylor Swift did state,“If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.”