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Taylor Swift apologizes to Nicki Minaj about tweet over VMA nominations

Taylor Swift performs during "The 1989 World Tour"

Taylor Swift performs during "The 1989 World Tour" night 1 at Lanxess Arena on June 19, 2015, in Cologne, Germany. Credit: Getty for TAS / Sascha Steinbach

Nicki Minaj has accepted an apology from singer-songwriter Taylor Swift after a two-day Twitter exchange regarding what Minaj perceived as a Video Music Awards snub.

"That means so much Taylor, thank you," the rapper, 32, tweeted Thursday, an hour after Swift, 25, wrote, "I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki."

The contretemps started Tuesday upon MTV's announcement of its VMA nominations. Minaj's "Anaconda" received two, for best female video and best hip hop video, while Swift's "Bad Blood" scored seven, including for video of the year.

Minaj then launched a series of tweets about how slim women earn top nominations and later said black female entertainers don't get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. She didn't mention any names, but Swift thought the rapper was referring to her.

"If I was a different 'kind' of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well," Minaj wrote, adding, "When the 'other' girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination." "Anaconda" set a record on the video-hosting site Vevo in August 2014, with 19.6 million views in its first 24 hours. "Bad Blood" broke that record in May, with 20.1 million views.

Swift Tweeted the rapper: "Nicki Minaj, I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot."

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Minaj replied with, "Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this, Taylor Swift."

Meanwhile, Katy Perry -- widely perceived to be the subject of "Bad Blood," which Swift has said is about a fellow female singer at the arena-concert level -- interjected herself into the fray. On Wednesday, the 30-year-old "Dark Horse" singer tweeted that she found Swift's "pit-women-against-other-women argument" ironic since that artist's much-nominated "Bad Blood" was spurred by female rivalry. -- With AP

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