Ariana Grande Shades Travis Scott, Proves She’s Nicki Minaj’s Ride or Die
By Rachel McRady
Ariana Grande has decided to “sweeten” the on-going shade between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott.
On Wednesday, the “R.E.M.” singer performed for fans at a listening session for her new album, Sweetener, in Chicago. While there, her famed manager, Scooter Braun, took the stage to praise Grande and declare that her album would “100 percent” make it to no. 1 that week. This led to the 25-year-old pop star seemingly taking a little dig at Scott, whose album, Astroworld, is currently no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart.
“We have three days left, you don’t know what Travis could pull,” she said in a series of videos and recollections from fans at the event.
In addition to Grande's little dig, Minaj -- who released her album, Queen, last week -- has been relentless in her attacks on Scott and how he came to have the top-selling album.
It all started earlier this week when Minaj took to Twitter to shade Scott, accusing him of using girlfriend Kylie Jenner's fame to promote his new music. She also had a problem with him selling merchandise and tickets for his upcoming tour with album downloads and having those count as album sales.
“I put my blood sweat and tears into writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her and Stormi. lol. I’m actually laughing," she tweeted. "#Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus and thank you to my fans.”
Minaj also claimed she spoke with Scott, tweeting, “He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week.”
However, at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday, Scott took to the stage, proudly declaring that Astroworld was no. 1, which many thought might be a dig at Minaj. He also traveled to Toronto, Canada, the next day to perform with Drake, another artist who is sometimes at odds with the "Barbie Dreams" rapper.
The 35-year-old rapper added, “You stupid f**k. You got your f**king homeboy talking for you and you got your girlfriend selling tour passes. Stop it. Knock it the f**k off.”
As for Grande and Minaj, who have collaborated on several songs together, they were thick as thieves at the VMAs, with Grande even helping her friend with the train on her see-through dress as she walked onto the awards show stage.
Drama aside, Grande seemed to have a great time at her listening session on Wednesday. She shared a series of black-and-white photos from the event, including one of her kissing her fiance, Pete Davidson.