A little over an hour into the 2015 MTV VMAs, and Nicki Minaj was the talk of the awards show for various reasons. After burying one beef and opening the show with Taylor Swift, Minaj shifted her focus to another pop star.

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While on stage receiving the award for “Best Hip-Hop Video” for “Anaconda,” Nicki thanked her fans and Pastor before taking aim at Miley Cyrus. “Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press; Miley, what’s good?,” Minaj said loud and clear across the stage to Cyrus.

Cyrus, who was caught off guard by Nicki’s actions, backed down quickly with her response. “Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate sh-t. Nicki, congratulations.

Minaj was responding to an interview Miley Cyrus did with the New York Times last week, where she was asked about the recent issues between Nicki and Taylor Swift.

What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind,” she said. “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. Now you’ve just given E! News ’Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.’”

Immediately after, those in attendance and watching the VMAs thought the moment was staged. A representative from MTV later confirmed Nicki calling out Miley was not staged.

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