Rapper Nicki Minaj received an apology from rocker Steven Tyler over comments he made about her in a recent MTV News interview, according to the New York Daily News.
“I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” the Aerosmith frontman said on the Canadian entertainment show eTalk. “But I am the farthest from (being a racist). I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist.”
American Idol judge Minaj called Tyler “racist” earlier this week over remarks Tyler made about the her feud with fellow judge and singer Mariah Carey.
Tyler went on to imply that Minaj would not be able to spot talent if it were right in front of her.
“These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere, and they’re in New York City — they’re scared to death! If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying,” Tyler told MTV News.
Minaj went on a Twitter tirade condemning Tyler’s comments and his opinion of her judging ability.
“When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge,” Minaj tweeted.
Now that the tension between the Idol past and present Idol judges appears to have died down, Tyler has taken a lighter approach.
“Maybe I spoke out of turn,” Tyler said Tuesday. “But a racist I’m not, Nicki.”
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