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Louis Tomlinson Vs. Zayn Malik
First, One Direction broke all of our hearts when it lost founding member Zayn Malik. Then, the boy band blowout of 2015 continued on Twitter, dispelling hopeful fans' notions that the singer left on rosy terms. It began when Malik shared a photo from Naughty Boy Music that looked very much like it had gone through a standard Mac filter. (The horror!) Ex 1D bandmate Tomlinson made fun of the photo and — in a completely logical next move — accused Naughty Boy of piggybacking on Malik. Malik expertly shut him down: "remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine ?" Ooooh! Cue "Bad Blood."
Winner: Malik. Why Tomlinson decided to make this a thing, we will never know — it just made him look immature.
Amber Rose Vs. The Kardashians
It all started back in February with an Amber Rose interview in which she said Tyga should be “ashamed of himself” for reportedly dating Kylie Jenner, whom she called a child. Khloé came to her little sister’s defense in a series of tweets, telling Rose, “Please stop talking about us in interviews.” She went a step further and told Rose to stop worrying about her sister while quoting Rose on her own stripper past. Rose responded by bashing the whole clan in a vicious rant, leaving no stone unturned. She called Kim a whore; posted a nasty meme; branded the family “plastic ass hoes;” and even brought up old rumors that Khloé is O.J. Simpson’s daughter. Damn. Exhausted yet?
Winner: Despite Khloé's uncalled-for stripper shaming, the reality fam wins. They were neck and neck until Rose started spewing venom and generally being a despicable person.
Amber Rose Vs. The Kardashians, Part II
Oh wait, but there’s more... A few days later, Kanye relit the fuse by saying some pretty nasty things about his ex in an interview — like that he needed 30 showers a day after dating Rose because she made him feel so dirty. Instead of picking a fight with Kanye, though, Rose went after Kim in yet another tirade against the family. “Wait 30 showers? But Kim let RayJ nut on her...” she tweeted, also calling them “The Kartrashians.”
Winner: Kardashians. It wasn’t cool of Khloé to try to make Rose feel bad about her past, but Rose took it to a new level of trash.
Taylor Swift Vs. Nicki Minaj
After the MTV VMA nominations were announced in July, Nicki Minaj vented her frustration that her video for “Anaconda” was not nominated for video of the year — saying that only videos that "celebrate women with very slim bodies" get the nod. Her tweets were pretty universally assumed to be about one certain skinny white artist who did snag a nomination: Taylor Swift.
The “Wildest Dreams” singer responded saying she’s “done nothing but love and support” Nicki — who then insisted she wasn’t even talking about Swift, but the industry as a whole. She accused the “white media” of twisting her words — and Swift of being semi-illiterate. “U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much,” she said.
Two days later, Taylor issued a formal apology. “I missed the point." Thankfully, Nicki accepted the peace offering, because the whole world was upset by this point. Most notably, Miley Cyrus weighed in an interview with The New York Times — leading to the now-infamous “What’s good, Miley?” spat on-stage at the VMAs.
Winner: Sorry Tay-Tay. Minaj was making a larger statement about the industry — not launching a personal attack on the 1989 singer. “Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it,” she explained to a fan. But the ladies both win for making up and taking the VMA stage by storm together.
Chrissy Teigen Vs. The World
Why couldn’t people get off Teigen’s back this year? Yes, she’s a drop-dead gorgeous supermodel. Yes, she’s married to one of the most romantic musicians in the world. Yes, now she is having said man’s child. And she’s hilarious, to boot. But none of that explains why Twitter and Instagram collectively decided to harp on the 30-year-old’s every move in 2015, especially after she started documenting her pregnancy on social media. “You’re not really pregnant.” “Your spaghetti portion is offensively small.” “You’re craving the wrong foods.” “Your bump is too big for one baby.” Friends like Kim Kardashian and Brooklyn Decker came to her defense.
Winner: Teigen, obviously. She took it like a champ, with the proper mix of pissed-off, biting humor, and irreverence. But mostly pissed-off. (P.S. Her latest Twitter-sparring partner? The ever-ingratiating Donald Trump. Go Chrissy!)