Nicki Minaj and Madonna Kiss Backstage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards
An award wasn't the only thing Nicki Minaj got at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night (Aug. 21). While backstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the "Ganja Burn" rapper hopped on Instagram to wish Madonna a happy birthday and ended up getting a kiss.
"I want to say happy and belated birthday to the queen. The queen of all queens, Madonna, I love you so much, M. Kisses and hugs!" Nicki can be heard saying in the video. It appears Madonna took the last part to heart and went in for an on-the-mouth kiss. After being surprised by the kiss, Nicki let out a loud squeal.
The kiss with Minaj isn't Madonna's first time locking lips with a woman at the VMAs. In 2003, the legendary singer famously kissed both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage during a performance of "Like a Virgin."
In related news, during Monday night's show, Nicki took home the Best Hip-Hop Award for her song "Chun-Li" but it was what happened before the event that made headlines. Earlier in the day, the Queen rapper compared herself to abolitionist Harriet Tubman on Twitter.
"All the QUEENS I remember, SHOOK SHIT UP!!!!!!!! Queen of the week may go to HARRIET TUBMAN!!!!!! Had she just sat there & ate her rice, you niggaz history would’ve been a lot less triumphant," she tweeted.
Later that night, Minaj defended her comments, telling TMZ, "I am the new Harriet Tubman... I'm Harriet Tubman, leave me alone."
Madonna also caught some heat during the VMAs, as she closed out the night to give a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin. However, many fans felt that the tribute was too focused on the pop star herself.
Watch Madonna and Nicki Minaj lock lips at the MTV VMAs below.
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