Nicki Minaj is taking aim at CBS, claiming that the network butchered its presentation of her performance of “Anaconda” on the “Fashion Rocks” special Tuesday night.
In an angry post to her Instagram account Wednesday, Minaj complained that the network opted not to air the choreography for the second verse of the song.
“My darlingz, I wish you could’ve seen the choreography on the 2nd verse of ANACONDA last night. It was absolutely divine. CBS decided not to show it,” Minaj wrote.
Minaj stopped short of accusing the network of censoring the performance. However, she noted that she could have “changed” the choreography if the network had given her notice.
“Had they told us this before, we would have changed the choreo so that you guys could see the full performance from beginning to end,” Minaj wrote. “They already had you tuned in tho.”
CBS has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The singer went on to accuse the network of neglecting artistry.
“Artists spend so much of their own money, time and passion to deliver their fans great performances. But ultimately, our art usually falls into the hands of people who care nothing about our art and creativity,” Minaj complained.
Minaj’s single “Anaconda” has been raising eyebrows since she first unveiled its cover art, which prominently featured her backside.
During the “Fashion Rocks” performance, as the second verse of the song, which saw the introduction of shirtless male dancers, the camera switched to a long-distance shot of the performance, interspersed with crowd reactions.
This wouldn’t be the first time that CBS has angered a musician with a perceived butchering of a live performance. In January, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor fumed on social media after a performance at the Grammys was cut short. Reznor had been joined by Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Queens of the Stone Age for a performance of Nine Inch Nails’ “Copy of A.” The performance segued into Queens of the Stone Age’s “My God Is the Sun,” but was abruptly interrupted by the show’s closing credits.
“Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F-K YOU guys,” Reznor tweeted afterward.
Watch Minaj’s “Fashion Rocks” performance below.