Miley Cyrus And Nicki Minaj: What Caused Their Onstage Feud?

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Of the many, many memorable moments at the 2015 VMAs, perhaps the one that had people talking the most was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus’ scathing war of words onstage.

After Nicki was presented with the Best Hip-Hop Video VMA, she shot at Miley: “Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press; Miley, what’s good?”

Miley, across the stage, came back: “Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate sh-t; Nicki, congratu-f–king-lations,” she said, before throwing some more shade Nicki’s way with her expressions and intonation.

But how did we get here? Let’s take a look back at their relationship over the years.

  • Miley dressed like Nicki for Halloween in 2012.

  • “She is the best Nicki Minaj impersonator I’ve seen in my life. She’s adorable!” Nicki told USA Today after seeing the outfit.

    AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 05: Nicki Minaj performs in concert during the X Games at Austin360 Amphitheater on June 5, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

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  • “A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ’hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer,” Miley told Billboard in June 2013.

    attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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  • In the summer of 2013, Mike Will posted an in-studio photo of himself with Nicki and Miley.

  • A couple months later, in September 2013, Nicki told E! News, “There was a song that was a possibility but it didn’t work out.”

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Rapper Nicki Minaj attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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  • In August 2014, “Anaconda” broke the 24-hour Vevo views record previously set by Miley’s “Wrecking Ball.”

  • At that year’s VMAs, Miley told MTV News, “I can bring that wrecking ball, but I can’t bring that ass,” when asked about “Anaconda” breaking the Vevo record set by “Wrecking Ball.”

  • Later on, Nicki re-posted Miley’s “Anaconda” meme, apparently strauggling to figure out “one good reason” why Miley made the picture her Twitter avatar — but she did add some cry-laughing emojis.

  • The two sat next to each other at the 2015 Grammys in February.

    onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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  • And even introduced Madonna together.

  • But then in the lead up to this year’s VMAs, when asked about Nicki and Taylor Swift’s back-and-forth, Miley told The New York Times last week, “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind.”

    CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18: Miley Cyrus speaks onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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  • And then finally on Sunday night when she won the Best Hip-Hop Video VMA, Nicki fired at Miley for those comments, not holding much back.