Footage shows Kylie Jenner awkwardly swerve to avoid Nicki Minaj at the Video Music Awards
In case you're out of the loop, rapper Nicki Minaj is now beefing with a six-month-old baby. How did we get here? Well, Nicki's critically acclaimed fourth album, Queen, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Meanwhile, Travis Scott's critically acclaimed third album, Astroworld, debuted at No. 1. Instead of celebrating being No. 2, Nicki had a cringeworthy meltdown on Twitter, ranting about not being No. 1.
The 35-year-old MC claimed the album sales statistics were "fake news" (they weren't), Spotify didn't adequately promote her album (they did), and Travis inflated sales by packing albums with online bundles (so did she). Then Nicki claimed she only came in No. 2, because Travis's super famous girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, promoted Astroworld on social media. In one post, Kylie told fans "Me and baby Stormi can't wait to see you" at Travis' concert. Ergo, Nicki blames a baby for her "disappointing" record sales. In response, Stormi issued a statement, "Goo-goo. Ga-ga. Pbthhh! Hehehe."
After these shenanigans, Nicki attended the MTV Video Music Awards, even though nobody can remember the last time the network showed a music video. (1952?) Before the event, fans noticed that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott were originally assigned to sit behind Nicki Minaj. Would Kylie - or Stormi - spend the night kicking the back of the Queen's chair? Unfortunately, we never found out. TMZ reported that Travis and Kylie played a game of musical chairs, switching seats to the opposite side of the room. (Hmm, I wonder why?)
Rumors flew that Kylie and Travis changed seats to avoid Nicki. If you look at the Chun Li rapper's social media, she went on bitter tirades, blaming Jenner-Scott family for poisoning her album sales. However, on Kylie and Travis' social media, they never mentioned Nicki. You get the impression that they just want to keep living their best lives, making dope hip-hop and selling cute beauty products. Who needs all that negative energy?
Well, now we have some video evidence that these two are not BFF's, thanks to TMZ. In the raw footage, Kylie goes out of her way to avoid running into Nicki Minaj. She doesn't just swerve - she spots Nicki, looks shook, and does a complete U-turn. To be fair, Nicki doesn't give her stank-eye or anything. She doesn't appear to even notice Kylie. Most likely, the young, almost-billionaire just wanted to avoid an awkward situation.
And the beef's not going away. The day after the VMA's, Nicki doubled down on the antics. On her Queen radio show, she lashed out at Kylie and Travis once again. This time, she called Trav a "stupid f*ck," gave him the Trumpish nickname "AutoTune Man," and awarded him "Hoe N*gga Of The Week." Then she compared herself to civil rights heroes Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, because reasons.
So, yeah, not really sure what's going on with Nicki Minaj right now. She dropped a great album, which sold very well, but it appears to have brought her nothing but misery. If you saw her walking down the street, you might avoid her like Kylie too.
Now we just need TMZ to reveal what Nicki and Ariana Grande were whispering about.