Ariana Grande is showing her loyalty to bestie Nicki Minaj.
During a Sweetener Session at The Vic in Chicago Wednesday, Grande threw some major shade at Travis Scott, who’s been the target of numerous attacks by Minaj on both Queen Radio and Twitter. Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, predicted onstage that her album would “100 percent” debut at No. 1. But instead of celebrating, Grande took the opportunity to take a jab at Scott saying,”We got three days left, You don’t know what Travis could pull!”
#PressPlay: #ArianaGrande shades #TravisScott after it was announced that by the end of the week her album #Sweetner would be number 1. She said, “We have three days left you don’t know what Travis could pull,” in reference to reports that he used #KylieJenner to secure #Astroworld’s number 1 spot. Looks like #NickiMinaj is rubbing off on her
Minaj first dissed Scott after his album, ASTROWORLD, beat her album, Queen, holding on to the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row, with the equivalent of 205,000 albums in the U.S. According to Nielsen, Scott sold 78,000 complete albums and had 167 million streams. Queen, by contrast, debuted with 185,000 equivalents, including 78,000 sales and 129 million streams.
Minaj accused her rival of using his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, and his daughter, Stormi Webster, to promote his music, while also arguing his merch bundles and concert tickets contributed to inflated album sales. Minaj also accused Spotify of suppressing promotion of her album to “teach me a lesson” for playing Queen on Apple Music’s Beats 1; a rep for Spotify denied the rapper’s claims.
“I spoke to him,” Minaj told her followers over the weekend, referring to Scott. “He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA!”
Meanwhile neither Jenner nor Scott have publicly responded to Minaj’s tirades and the two made a point to avoid her at Monday’s MTV VMA’s telecast even requesting to have their seats moved. Grande and Minaj could be seen whispering about something or someone at the show and many suspected it was Jenner and Scott.
Honestly we’re not sure when they became so chummy, but clearly Grande is riding for her sister Minaj. The two have recorded songs together, most recently “Bed,” the sixth track on Queen, and “The Light Is Coming,” the third track on Sweetener.