Nicki Minaj denies Azalea diss
Nicki Minaj has denied she criticised Iggy Azalea at an awards ceremony.
It was reported that the Pills N Potions singer was referring to the Australian performer, who was also nominated in the category, when she picked up her gong at the BET Awards.
As Nicki picked up the best female hip hop artist award at the ceremony, she said: 'What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it."
But Nicki wrote on Twitter: "The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!", she wrote.
"I believe we're smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I've been saying this for five years.
"I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should be proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up and coming females to do that."
Meanwhile, Aussie rapper Iggy wrote on Instagram: "I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online in the last few days is hard to ignore and honestly...lame."
"If I had won the BET award that would've been great but it wasn't my year and I don't mind - so you shouldn't either.
"Generally speaking I'm unbothered by anything that 'happened' at the BET awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time.
"Anyone who wishes me well is welcome in my life and those who don't can't get any more of my time. I hate to see everyone exhausting themselves on my behalf over things that I'm still not 100% sure even exist and don't matter. Just let it go."