She is pulling no punches
This year’s Grammys was a classic. From Michelle Obama’s absolutely iconic Grammys girl squad, and Lady Gaga’s solo disco, to Childish Gambino making Grammy history by winning song of the year and record of the year with This Is America – the first time a rap song has done so.
However, one much less positive Grammy topic that dominated the headlines pre-ceremony was Ariana Grande calling out the Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich on Twitter. The producer had previously told the press that the reason Ari was not performing at the ceremony was due to the fact that she wasn’t able to pull together a performance quickly enough. Ari was not having that, and took to Twitter to set the record straight…
Choice quote? ‘It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend’. Ouch.
The plot has now thickened, however, with Nicki Minaj calling out the very same producer for alleged bullying. Replying to a tweet by sex and relationships blogger Oloni pondering why Nicki didn’t yet have a Grammy, the multi-platinum-selling rapper responded pretty emphatically, stating that she ‘pissed off the same man Ariana just called out for lying’ and was ‘bullied into staying quiet for 7 years out of fear’.
Nicki then promised the fans that she would be revealing the rest of the story on the next episode of her radio show #QueenRadio. According to Variety, Ehrlich has not yet responded to requests for comment.
This isn’t the only unpleasantness that Nicki has been exposed to this week. On Sunday, after Cardi B became the first solo female rapper to win a Grammy for a rap album, US TV network BET posted a pretty offensive tweet, referencing the issues that Nicki and Cardi have had in the past.
Nicki’s response? To pull herself and her label, Young Money, from the BET Experience shows and award shows in June.
BET swiftly issued an apology, which included the lines, ‘Unfortunately, the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values.’
Can we all just give Nicki Minaj a break please?