Nicki Minaj unexpectedly set off a Twitter scandal of epic proportions this week when she criticised MTV's shunning of black artists. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
And that's that, apparently.
The Twitter feud that this week - phew, deep breath - launched a thousand think pieces, pitted pop star against pop star, made everyone love Bruno Mars for a minute, question Katy Perry's grammar skills (not her point, though), eyeroll Ed Sheeran, applaud Azaelia Banks and Tinashe, and nod in agreement at (of all people) rapper Talib Kweli's hilariously conflicted thoughts - has finally reached its most likely conclusion.
Overnight, Taylor Swift apologised to Nicki Minaj for her defensive response to the rapper's tweets earlier this week, admitting she "misunderstood" and "misspoke" (man, she must've been crying in her bedroom all week):
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj are back on friendly terms. Photo: Getty Images
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
Minaj, to her credit but our pop star bloodlust loss, accepted the apology graciously:
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on. https://t.co/mx9pfIdnzT— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
And she also sent out some special love to her biggest supporter:
So there you go; love (mostly) returns to the music landscape. And somehow, MTV managed to escape the whole thing without even having to address Minaj's original concerns, which - whatever you think of the virtues of her 'Anaconda' video - were clearly legitimate. (I mean, no black artist has EVER won the 'Best Pop Video' VMA? That's ridiculous.)
All in all, an eventful week that should make this year's VMAs - being held on August 30 - that much more watchable. An onstage Nicki/T-Swift duet? Yeah, I'd bet at least a $20 that's guaranteed.