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Ed Sheeran Said Nicki Minaj's VMAs Race Argument Is "Redundant"

Update: Ed Sheeran has contacted BuzzFeed to apologise for his words and explain he had meant to make a comment about body image.

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The argument began when the MTV VMA nominations were announced and Nicki's video for "Anaconda" was left out of the Video of the Year category.

If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. 😊😊😊

She went on to post this tweet, which seemed to single out one particular nominee, in the shape of Taylor Swift, who'd been included in the category for her video for "Bad Blood".

If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

Despite many people seeing Nicki's tweet as a comment on the apparent structural racism of the music industry, Taylor took it personally and responded.

@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..

Nicki replied, telling Taylor the comment wasn't about her.

Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13

Last night, Katy Perry got in on the fight, siding with Nicki. But now Taylor's BFF, Ed Sheeran, has weighed in to defend his pal, saying he doesn't believe she's done anything wrong.

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Speaking last night to the Daily Telegraph, Ed said: "I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation. She didn't nominate herself for the awards. She just made some good videos and people think they're good."

He went on to say that Nicki's implication about race was a "redundant argument".

"I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant," he said. "Her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a Video of the Year nomination, but BeyoncΓ©'s '7/11' is in there, and that is celebrating the female figure in every form."

After publishing this post, Ed Sheeran contacted us to say his quotes had been taken out of context.

@BuzzFeedUK that's taken out of context and not what I was saying was redundant at all

When we replied asking for clarification, he responded saying he was making a point about body image and apologised for the wording.

@BuzzFeedUK I was making a point about body image and not race, whilst sticking up for a mate, I definitely said it wrong though, apologies

We have contacted Ed's spokesperson for comment.

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