The plot has thickened! Ariana Grande has made it clear what team she’s on in the Nicki Minaj versus Travis Scott/Kylie Jenner/Stormi Webster feud. On Wednesday, August 22, the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer performed for fans at a listening session for her new album, Sweetener, where she weighed in on their beef by not-so-subtly throwing shade at the rapper and proving she’s got Nicki’s back.
But before we get to that, let’s provide you with a little recap. This feud all started when Nicki realized that her new album, Queen, might not do as well as she hoped. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind Travis’s Astroworld. It was a respectable performance, but – again – not what she wanted. So, instead of reflecting on what she could have done better to improve sales, she blamed Travis and his girlfriend for her album’s underperformance. She basically slammed them for using their daughter to promote his music.
On Sunday, August 19, Nicki tweeted a screenshot of the Keeping Up with the Kardashian star’s Instagram, where she shared a poster for Travis’s tour with the caption “me and storm ready for tour.” Nicki considered this a cheap ploy to sell concert tickets, so she called them out:
I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol. Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 19, 2018
Then Nicki made an appearance on her Apple radio show to savagely trash Travis, saying, “What we’re not gonna do is have that Auto-Tune man selling f*cking sweaters telling you he sold half a million albums, because he f*cking didn’t. You got your f*cking homeboy talking for you and you got your girlfriend selling tour passes. Stop it. Knock it the f*ck off.”
GEEEEZ! The drama continued when it was rumored they’d all be sitting next to each other at the 2018 MTV VMAs. He and Kylie even reportedly arrived late so that they could avoid Nicki.
Now, days later, Ariana has gotten in the middle of this feud by throwing shade at Travis, too. During her Sweetener Session, Ariana joked about Travis potentially coming for the No. 1 spot after her manager Scooter Braun suggested Sweetener was headed for the top spot. “Woah, we have three days left, you don’t know what Travis could pull,” she quipped.
Ariana shaded the hell out of Travis Scott. pic.twitter.com/QHxxxOVKSX
— ً (@Tinyonce) August 23, 2018
Leave it to Ariana to stir the pot! She may have just been trying to be funny, though. After all, she has a great relationship with the Kardashians. Following the release of her album, most of the famous ladies congratulated her, which is why we doubt she purposely intended to shade Kylie’s boyfriend. But, at the same time, she and Nicki are BFFs, so who knows what her intentions were!
Now, excuse us while we wait to see who gets involved in this feud next…