Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj
The stars aligned perfectly in 2013 when Nicki and Mariah were both hired as judges for season 13 of American Idol. Both divas had enjoyed feuds in the business and were no strangers to clashing with other big egos, but nobody could have predicted how fiery things would get. Sources on the show said Mimi thought Minaj was talentless and didn’t deserve to be judging anybody, and Nicki apparently clapped back calling her a ‘b***h’ and making a reported gun threat! Both women deny the stories but Nicki made an indirect tweet at the time saying “All I do is compliment u. That’s not enuff? Ur a legend, cheer up. U don’t have to run down ur resume or feel intimidated. Shady McGrady…” and we’re siding with her purely for the Shady McGrady thing.
Perez Hilton and Will.i.am
Way back in 2009 Perez and Will ran into each other in a club after what we can only assume was a particularly harsh burn was posted on Perez’s site about the Black Eyed Peas. Will asked him to stop posting about BEP and Hilton fired back "You're not a fucking artist... you're a fucking f****t.". It seems like Will.i.am’s management weren’t too happy and punched Perez in the face leading to one of the weirdest tweets of all time - "I was assaulted by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke.". We’re so glad he clarified which Will.i.am he was talking about. GLAAD weren’t happy about the slur and pretty much everybody came out in support of Will, which shows that you can’t post shady blog posts about people and expect them to defend you. Shocker…
Elton John and Madonna
This is our personal all-time favourite because it’s the campiest, the two are total pop royalty and Elton kept the feud going for ten years with Madonna barely acknowledging it. It all started in 2004 when Madonna won Best Live Act at the Q Awards. John was less then pleased and accused her of lip-syncing, saying “she should be shot”. Still all fired up in 2012 on Australia’s Channel 7 show ‘Sunday Night’, John remarked "Her tour is a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger c---,”. Brutal. Apparently they’ve reconciled since in a restaurant in the South of France where Elton sent Madge a note saying how ashamed he was of his behaviour and asking for her forgiveness. We love the fact they worked it out and we don’t have to pick a side – long live the Queens.
Kim/Kanye West and Taylor Swift
Buckle up. It all started in 2009 when Taylor won the VMA for Best Female Video and Kanye got up on stage to announce that he thought it should have been Beyonce. Apparently ‘Single Ladies’ was one of “the best videos of all time”, which we’ve never got because it’s literally just choreography in a white room but okay. Taylor wrote a banger called “Innocent” in response which was forgiving but more than a little condescending about a grown ass man. Things seemed to get better and the two were friends until 2016 when Kayne wanted to write a rap called “Famous” that included a line or two about TayTay and the media’s fascination with their relationship. She claimed he never contacted her to ask if anything he said was okay to use, but ‘Ye was adamant he did. Kim Kardashian West then jumps to her man’s defence as she kept the receipts and publishes a string of videos on Snapchat of telephone conversations between the two of them that seem to show Swift agreeing to the use of her name. The backlash against Swifty has been unreal, with the internet tearing her apart for letting her carefully crafted PR image falter and painting a troubled guy as an aggressor. She’s still public enemy number one and has been lying very low, but we’re sure that when her next album drops everyone will forget all of this.
Biggie Smalls and Tupac
Hip Hop’s most infamous rivalry. In 1994 Tupac was robbed and shot five times in a recording studio in New York City amidst allegations that Biggie and his gang knew about the planned attack a week before it happened. The East Coast/West Coast rivalry that would come to define nineties rap was well underway by the time the 1995 Source Awards came around with members from both gangs going in on the other in their acceptance speeches. Suge Knight shaded P Diddy for being too involved in the music videos of his artists and made a shout out for all young rappers to join Death Row Records, P Diddy clapped back saying “I live in the East, and I’m gonna die in the East”. Both rappers were dead within two years after diss tracks like “Who Shot Ya?” and “Hit ‘Em Up” were thrown back and forth, so the rivalry never ended.
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry
Swift in here again rubbing all kinds of people up the wrong way. This feud apparently stems from Katy dating her Taylor’s ex John Mayer in 2012 and then poaching dancers from Swift’s ‘Red’ tour just a year later. Things have only got worse from there with TayTay’s diss track “Bad Blood” reportedly about Perry and several subtweets from Perry about “the Regina George in sheep’s clothing” and “pitting women against each other”. On James Corden's Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Special this May Katy said she was ready for the feud to be over “Honestly, it's really like she started it and it's time for her to finish it. But what I want to say is that I'm ready for that BS to be done.” And theeeen just a month later Swift released her whole back catalogue on Spotify two years after removing it, on June 9th – the exact same day Katy Perry was due to release her latest album ‘Witness’. So yeah this is very much still alive.