Bad blood. Celebrity feuds dominated the 2010s with new enemies facing off and old wounds reopened. Over the past decade, a few names consistently popped up in the headlines for fighting with fellow celebrities.
The likes of Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and many others, got involved in spats with fellow artist. Of course, in the age of social media, it sparked inspiration for plenty of music and memes. So here are some of the biggest celebrity feuds of the 2010s.
Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj
These musical divas were co-judges on season 12 of American Idol. Their feud escalated from lighthearted banter before bleeding into Mean Girls territory, courtesy Carey. Later, the rapper took a dig at Carey’s classic tune “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
It reached a new level in a video obtained by TMZ in 2012 which featured Minaj and Carey yelling at each other at the judges’ table. “I told them I’m not f–kin’ putting up with her f–kin’ highness over there,” Minaj said in reference to Carey. The Grammy winner clapped back saying, “Oh why, do I have a 3 year old sitting around me?” It soon became one of the bitterest celebrity feuds in American Idol history.
Miley Cyrus vs. Nicki Minaj
Their beef began when Minaj’s “Anaconda” music video wasn’t nominated at the 2015 VMAs. The rapper called out MTV for the snub saying, “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination,”
Cyrus, who was hosting the 2015 VMAs, spoke out about the controversy in an interview with the New York Times ahead of the awards show. The “Wrecking Ball” singer called Minaj’s comments “not polite” and “just about [her]self.”
When Minaj accepted her award for best hip hop video at the VMAs, she gave the clawback heard around the world. “Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press; Miley, what’s good?” she fired at Cyrus on stage. Cyrus promptly replied, “Nicki, congratu-fu–ing-lations.”
Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj
Evidently, Minaj seems to be a magnet for celebrity feuds, this time with Cardi B on the other end of the boxing ring. However, Cardi insisted the feud was fabricated by fans in an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 in April 2018. “I just feel like it’s really internet made-up. I really feel like fans and people really want to see that happen because it’s really entertaining. To see people beef is entertaining.”
In August 2018, Minaj told Beats 1 that she didn’t think Cardi was receptive to criticism.“To me, she may have taken an issue with things that I’ve said, but I’m not going to bite my tongue,” Minaj explained. “You gotta have thick skin. People talk sh–t about me all the time. You can’t be expect to be liked and loved and praised all the f–ckin’ time. Give me a break.”
The feud escalated when Cardi B and Minaj got into a physical altercation at Harper’s Bazaar party at New York Fashion Week in September 2018. According to attendees, Cardi threw her shoe at Minaj and was restrained as she tried to charge at Minaj.
Kim Kardashian vs. Bette Midler
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star posted a nude selfie on social media in March 2016, which caused Midler to respond with a joke. “Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today. If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera,” the actress quipped. Kardashian replied, “I know it’s past your bedtime but if you’re still up and reading this send nudes.”
Nick Cannon vs. Eminem
The pair’s feud began in 2009 over Mariah Carey, who was married to Cannon until 2016. Eminem claimed that he briefly dated Carey, which she flatly denied. He called out Carey and Cannon on the track “Bagpipes From Baghdad” in May 2009 rapping, “Mariah, what ever happened to us? / Why did we have to break up? Nick, you had your fun, I’ve come to kick you in your sack of junk.”
Later that month, Cannon responded in a since-deleted Tumblr post. “I don’t know why no one has stood up to your b—- a– yet,” the Masked Singer host wrote at the time. “But I guess it’s going to take a corny, wack rapping, boy toy from Nickelodeon to set you straight.”
Solange Knowles vs. Jay Z
This was one of the most high-profile celebrity feuds and even made the news. Knowles and Jay-Z made headlines when the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer hit and kicked Jay-Z while Beyoncé silently watched on in an elevator, according to CCTV footage. However, Jay-Z later defused the situation by saying that he and Solange’s relationship is in a good place.
“We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool,” the “Family Feud” rapper said in an interview with the podcast “Rap Radar.” “She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.”
Martha Stewart vs. Gwyneth Paltrow
Stewart has taken shots at Paltrow and her lifestyle brand, Goop, since 2013, when she was asked by Bloomberg TV how she felt about Paltrow’s foray into the lifestyle scene.
“I haven’t eaten at Gwyneth’s house, and I’ve never seen how she lives,” Stewart told the publication. “She wants to be a lifestyle arbiter. Fine. Good. I think I started this whole category of lifestyle.”
The actor herself has seemingly chosen to ignore Stewart’s jabs.
Rihanna vs. Ciara
Ciara claimed on an episode of Fashion Police in 2011 that the “Needed Me” singer was rude to her at a party. Rihanna replied on Twitter, “My bad ci, did I 4get to tip u? #howrudeofme.”
Ciara tweeted back, “Trust me Rhianna u dont want to see me on or off the stage.” The “Work” vocalist delivered one of the most iconic clapbacks of the 2010s writing, “Good luck with bookin that stage u speak of.”
The feud didn’t last long and Rihanna offered an apology. “Ciara baby, I love u girl! U hurt my feelings real bad on TV! I’m heartbroken! That’s y I retaliated this way! So sorry! #letsmakeup,” she tweeted at Ciara who agreed to move on.
Taylor Swift vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
The two comediennes made Swift the punchline of a joke at the Golden Globe Awards in March 2013. “You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” Fey said in reference to Swift’s extensive dating history. “Or go for it,” Poehler quipped. “No, you need some ‘me’ time,” Fey jabbed.
Swift responded to the jokes in an interview with Vanity Fair in April of that year. “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,'” the “Love Story” singer said.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift
Swift and West’s ongoing feud continued in 2016 over a dispute whether Swift gave the “I Love It” rapper permission to use the lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous” on his song “Famous.”
West tweeted after the track’s release, “I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line, and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings. Swift’s representatives replied that the singer wasn’t aware the word “bitch” was in the lyric and said she had “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”