The 20 Biggest SmackDowns in Music History

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The 20 Biggest SmackDowns in Music History
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Brace yourself for the biggest music feuds ever.

1. Drake and Macklemore, Kanye West, and Rolling Stone

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Drake said he’ll never do interviews again after Rolling Stone published remarks he made about Kanye’s album Yeezus. “There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that ‘Swaghili’ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that,” he allegedly said. The rapper denies ever saying any of this. Drake didn’t back down from his remarks over Macklemore, however, calling him “wack as fuck” for publishing an apology text to Kendrick Lamar online.

2. Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

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On a season of "American Idol," Nicki blew a fuse over Mariah's constantly cutting her down as a judge. It was all caught on video and leaked online.

3. Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel

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Kanye fired back at Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter over a sketch making fun of the rapper.

4. Lorde and Selena Gomez

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Lorde criticized Selena’s hit song, “Come and Get It,” for its anti-feminist message. Selena responded in an interview with Flaunt, saying that women who cut down other women aren't feminist either.

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5. Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown

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Miranda Lambert went off on Chris Brown and the Grammys after he performed twice on the awards show just a couple of years after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

6. Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor

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Miley and Sinead exchanged heated words over mental illness. Miley threw out quippy tweets mocking Sinead’s mental breakdown, and Sinead responded with long diatribes putting Miley in her place.

7. Tupac and Biggie

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Former friends, these rappers ultimately became enemies over a 1994 robbery and shooting that Tupac claimed The Notorious B.I.G. orchestrated. The feud ended with their deaths.

8. Rihanna and Ciara

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It all started when Ciara said on-air that Rihanna treated her coldly, and the two fired off at each other on Twitter. They’ve since settled their spat.

9. Azealia Banks and Lady Gaga

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The two have been accusing each other of stealing one another’s style and ideas for about a year now.

10. Tommy Lee and Kid Rock

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These two got into a fight at the 2007 MTV VMAs over Pamela Anderson.

11. Drake and Chris Brown

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The two got into a violent altercation in an NYC nightclub, reportedly over Rihanna.

12. Justin Bieber and The Black Keys

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The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney said Justin Bieber shouldn’t get all worked up over not having any Grammy nominations because he has a lot of money. That didn’t sit well with Justin, who said on Twitter that Patrick ought to be “slapped around” for what he said.

13. Madonna and Elton John

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Miffed over losing a Golden Globe to Madonna, Elton John and his husband David Furnish had some catty remarks for the singer on Facebook.

14. Blur and Oasis

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Their feud began when both British pop bands released new singles on the same day.

15. Mariah Carey and Eminem

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Mariah didn’t take kindly at all to Eminem namedropping her in a song, claiming the two slept together. So she fired back with her own track, “Obsessed,” which was the bigger hit.

16. Rick Ross and 50 Cent

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Rick Ross dissed 50 Cent in a track, so the rapper responded with a song of his own called “Officer Ricky (Go Head, Try Me)," questioning Rick Ross’ street cred.

17. Katy Perry and Lily Allen

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Katy described herself once as a “skinnier Lily Allen” and naturally a feud was born. Katy apologized, saying it was a joke, but they aren’t exactly besties.

18. Courtney Love and Dave Grohl

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Courtney and Dave became tangled in lawsuits for years over Nirvana’s assets following Kurt Cobain’s death. It all deteriorated into mean-spirited comments, such as Courtney accusing Dave of hitting on her daughter, and Dave mocking Courtney’s drug use.

19. Axl Rose and Slash

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These two had such a bad relationship that Axl claimed he didn’t write music for years because of Slash’s hurtful behavior toward the singer, claiming he called him “an idiot” and a “loser.”

20. Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher

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The two brothers of Oasis got into a fist fight backstage in 2009, just minutes before they were supposed to take the stage. They had to cancel the show and two hours later, they disbanded.

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