The Internet loves Nicki Minaj throwing shade at her fellow female artists, though web users may have jumped the gun a bit last night during ABC’s “American Music Awards” — at least, per the rapper herself.
AMAs host Jennifer Lopez performed a dance medley to the top songs of the year to open Sunday’s awards show, an effort that included Minaj’s “Anaconda.” The Dick Clark Productions cameras customarily zoomed in on each artist as their song was being interpreted on stage. When Minaj’s turn came up, however, she didn’t appear as pleased or impressed as some of her contemporaries.
With a stoic look on her face, Minaj watched the stage expressionless, before looking away. The rapper later offered an explanation for the move on Twitter, when she also laughed off the premise that she was glaring at, suffering through, or in some way showing up J. Lo’s tribute.
If it were only that simple, however, Nicki. The emcee has used televised awards shows in the past to publicly trash both Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus.
Here is Minaj’s denial tweet:
lol says what all? I’m looking at my own face on the screen when I’m looking to the right. I turn Bak & look @ her ????https://t.co/39JXJbesEW
Watch the video and decide for yourself: