By Olivia B. Waxman
September 1, 2015

On Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, the late-night host used emojis to recap the moment at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night when Nicki Minaj called out host Miley Cyrus, referring to a recent New York Times interview in which Cyrus described Minaj as “not too kind” and “not very polite.” Kimmel also managed to perfectly sum up the long-winded speech that rapper Kanye West gave when he accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in just two emojis.

In July, Kimmel used emojis to explain the feud between Minaj and Taylor Swift that was sparked when Minaj tweeted that her video “Anaconda” did not receive enough VMA nominations because pop stars with “slim bodies” are favored — a statement that Swift took personally. But the two “buried” their “bad blood” when they performed “The Night Is Still Young” and “Bad Blood” on stage at the awards ceremony Sunday.

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