Madonna is known for her snippy celeb feuds -- she's butted heads with everyone from Lady Gaga to Elton John -- but her on and off battle with Prince just won't die. Will these two pop royals ever call a truce?
Two years ago, we thought they had. At the time, Rolling Stone reported that the duo had ended their decades-long feud after Madonna turned up at The Artist's NYC's Madison Square Garden concert. Prince even gave Madge a friendly shout-out during the show. This, after a decade of back and forth jabs, during which the Material Girl called the "Purple Rain" singer "a little troll," while he slammed her growing family with: "I got more hits than Madonna's got kids."
But after two years of playing nice, in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Prince dished another dig to his longtime nemesis. While talking about his onetime relationship with Warner Bros. Records, he told the magazine, "It was always about Madonna. She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights."
We're sure Madonna will have a retort, but for now here's a look at five musical falling-outs that have actually been resolved -- for now, anyway.
Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus
When county star Travis Tritt called Billy Ray Cyrus's 1992 hit song "frivolous," and dubbed the accompanying video as "an a -- wiggling contest," the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer got in the last word when he won the American Music Award for Favorite Country Singer. "As far as I'm concerned, to those people who don't like 'Achy Breaky Heart,' here's a quarter, call someone who cares!" Cyrus gloated, referencing the title of Tritt's 1991 single. But according to The Boot, the pair patched things up when they performed together at the memorial for Waylon Jennings.
In 2009, rapper Kanye West famously jumped on the stage at MTV's Video Music Awards in the middle of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for the Female Video of the Year, saying "I'm gonna let you finish," before declaring that Beyonce deserved the title. A swift backlash ensued, and the rapper later apologized with a lengthy blog post, but still declared Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" the "best video of the decade." Swift later told ABC News Radio: "Kanye did call me, and he was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted his apology."
While these two polar opposites didn't have an out-and-out feud, their disdain for each other was widely assumed (Eminem was a rapper spewing homophobic lyrics, while Elton John is openly gay.) So imagine everyone's shock when this odd couple teamed up at the 2001 Grammy Awards for a duet of the rapper's song "Stan." Eminem told MTV News: "I was like, 'The only way I'll perform at the Grammys is with Elton John.' The idea of it started becoming more, 'OK, this is a way to really flip it around and really f--- people's heads up… But being that he was gay and he had my back, I think it made a statement in itself saying that he understood where I was coming from." Eminem later revealed that Sir Elton helped him beat his addiction to painkillers.
Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd
This legendary Southern rock scuffle began after Neil Young talked racism in the songs "Alabama" and "Southern Man," and Lynyrd Skynyrd responded by calling Mr. Young out in the song "Sweet Home Alabama." But in a 2012 interview, Young said that he took the "Sweet Home Alabama" mention as a compliment, and revealed that he was friendly with the band and had been planning to collaborate with the Southern rockers right before their fatal 1977 plane crash. The would-be song? "Powderfinger."
The jury's still out on this one, since the live "American Idol" episodes haven't even started yet, which means Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will be spending plenty of quality time together very soon. But the bad blood between the show's resident dueling divas has at least cooled. Following a mega blowout last fall during the North Carolina auditions, the girls have seemingly agreed to disagree -- or at least put on their happy faces (albeit, with the occasional eye roll). According to Us Weekly, Minaj recently downplayed the rumors of a feud, saying "Have you ever had an argument with someone you work with?" And when a reporter asked the pop superstars how things got better between the two of them, Minaj answered, "I put on my sex tape." Well, that's one way!
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