Young Money’s Nicki Minaj just isn’t playing fair. The hip-hop star has social media’s attention after going on a low-key rant against TV network BET.
Onika hit up Twitter Thursday to call out the network over its 2019 BET Awards show ratings.
Earlier this year, Nicki called out BET over a social media spat involving her rap rival Cardi B.
BET referenced the Queen rapper while congratulating Cardi B — with whom Minaj infamously brawled during New York Fashion Week last fall — for becoming the first solo woman to ever win best rap album at the 2019 Grammy Awards in a post that read: “Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront.” Minaj swiftly responded by cancelling her BET commitments. “Young Money will no longer be apart of the BET Experience or award show,” she Tweeted with hearts and a praying hand emoji. “Summer Tour dates dropping soon.” (People)
After Nicki announced her issues with BET, the network ultimately apologized for the online drama.
Days later, BET issued a statement to Billboard, apologizing to Minaj: “BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry. 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. We deeply apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation. We are also conducting an internal audit to assure these types of posts are not published again. We have apologized to Nicki and her team. The post has been removed and we have taken additional appropriate action. We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her. Finally, we apologize to all of her fans. This should have never happened.” (Billboard)
Coincidentally, Cardi B dominated the 2019 BET Awards with an Album of the Year win and headline-generating performance.