Nicki Minaj feud
Nicki Minaj, pictured at the 2015 MTV VMAs in Los Angeles, Aug. 30, 2015, called out Miley Cyrus (not pictured) during her acceptance speech for "Best Hip Hop Video." Getty

Was the Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus MTV Video Music Award beef staged? It’s up for debate. The two recording artists started a feud earlier this month, but things escalated when the “Anaconda” rapper called the award show host a “b----” Sunday night. However, the whole incident may have been a ratings ploy.

For those who missed it, Minaj took to the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to accept the Moonman for “Best Hip Hop Video.” The 32-year-old decided to end her speech by calling out Cyrus.

“Now back to this b---- that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj said. “Miley, what’s good?”

Cyrus fired back at Minaj, addressing her interview with the New York Times in which she slammed the rapper for not handling her VMA snub well.

“Hey, we’re all in this industry,” Cyrus responded. “We all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate s---. Nicki, congratu-f------lations.”

So, why are viewers speculating the whole incident was staged? It all stems from an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The commercial seemed to address Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus’ call out as a “celebrity cat fight.”

An MTV source revealed to Entertainment Weekly the “cat fight” was not planned. What do you think? Take the poll below: