Miley Cyrus doesn't 'respect' Nicki Minaj's VMA complaints, says Minaj 'is not too kind'

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Miley Cyrus is ready to burn the place down -- in a good way, she promises.

In a new, very candid interview with the New York Times, the singer previews this weekend's upcoming no-holds-barred VMA hosting stint and weighs in on a whole host of issues related to the ceremony. While she doesn't discuss the Biebs' big comeback, she shares her opinion on everything from Nicki Minaj to television.

Five of the biggest takeaways are below.

1. She wasn't a fan of last year's ceremony (despite winning Video of the Year).
"I didn't want this VMAs to be like they've been in the past," she explained. "Last year there wasn't even a host, so there was no energy."

2. She didn't expect her infamous 2013 performance to be a big deal.
"Me coming out of that teddy bear, to me, wasn't just a teddy bear. My dad always explained it to me that you step into your happiness. That's kind of like what I was doing. When I broke down the bear belly, I was really breaking out -; my show ended, and then I didn't really work for two years. That's when I did my most self-exploration. [The performance] was kind of going into this way of saying, "I'm just going to do what will make me happy." At that moment, that's what really made me happy."

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Miley Cyrus doesn't 'respect' Nicki Minaj's VMA complaints, says Minaj 'is not too kind'
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (L-R) Miley Cyrus, Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus attend the 2015 amfAR Inspiration Gala New York at Spring Studios on June 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Billy Ray Cyrus, left, and Miley Cyrus arrive at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: Actress/musician Miley Cyrus, musician Billy Ray Cyrus, and actress Noah Cyrus attend the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus pose backstage at the hit musical 'Chicago' on Broadway at The Ambassador Theater on November 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
US singer and actress Miley Cyrus, right, seen with her father US musician Billy Ray Cyrus, as they address the crowd, on their arrival for the British Premiere of the film ' Hannah Montana', at a Leicester Square cinema, in London, Thursday April 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
US singer and actress Miley Cyrus, left and her father US musician Billy Ray Cyrus, arrive for the British Premiere of the film ' Hannah Montana', at a Leicester Square cinema, in London, Thursday April 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Singer Miley Cyrus, left, and her father singer Billy Ray Cyrus perform together on ABC's 'Good Morning America', Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
From left, Leticia "Tish" Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Singers Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus perform on the "Good Morning America" television program, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, in Nashville, TN. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Miley Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, sing a duet "Ready, Set, Don't Go", during the CMT Music Awards, Monday, April 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
** FILE ** In this April 14, 2008 file photo, Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus pose in the press room at the 2008 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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Miley Cyrus, right, jokes to her co-host father, Billy Ray Cyrus, during the CMT Music Awards, Monday, April 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Co-hosts Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus pose in the press room at the 2008 CMT Awards, Monday, April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter, actress Miley Cyrus, pose together at the premiere of Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Billy Ray Cyrus, left, and his daughter Miley present an award at the 2006 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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3. Donald Trump, of all people, informed her that said performance was A Thing.
"When you look at it now, it looks like I'm playing hopscotch," she shared. "Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can't believe that was a big deal. It wasn't shocking at all. I was in the studio with Kanye [later] that night, and we watched it back and we didn't say anything. He was like, "That was sick," whatever. We woke up the next day, and he was like, "Whoa." He called and said, "Turn on your TV." I was staying at the Trump Hotel and Donald Trump literally called and said, basically, "I know everyone's talking about it, but I loved it." I had no idea anyone was talking about it yet.

4. She has thoughts on Nicki Minaj.
"I don't respect your statement because of the anger that came with it," she explained, in part. "And it's not anger like, 'Guys, I'm frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.' You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that's like, 'Eh, I didn't get my VMA'...If you want to make it about race, there's a way you could do that. But don't make it just about yourself. Say: 'This is the reason why I think it's important to be nominated. There's girls everywhere with this body type.'...What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It's not very polite."

5. Miley doesn't have a TV; doesn't really know who is nominated.
"I don't really listen to this music. I'm probably the most disconnected host in history. I don't have TV. I have Apple TV. I'm so the 22-year-old that's like, 'Who's TV?'

A version of this article originally appeared on Billboard.com.


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