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ED SHEERAN has backed Tay­lor Swift in her Twit­ter feud with Nicki Mi­naj af­ter his own joke so­cial media ex­change with Bruno Mars.

Mi­naj hit out at Swift af­ter miss­ing out on a nom­i­na­tion for the MTV VMA Video of the Year cat­e­gory for her song, Ana­conda.

Swift was nom­i­nated for her Bad Blood clip.

“I think ev­ery­one knows that Tay­lor has done noth­ing wrong in that sit­u­a­tion,” Sheeran said.

“She didn’t nom­i­nate her­self for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and peo­ple think they’re good. And I think the Mi­naj point is a bit re­dun­dant. Her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a video of the year nom­i­na­tion but Bey­once’s 7/ 11 is in there and that is cel­e­brat­ing the fe­male fig­ure in ev­ery form.”

The 24- year- old is him­self nom­i­nated for a to­tal of six MTV Video Mu­sic Award nom­i­na­tions for Think­ing Out Loud and Don’t.

Af­ter see­ing the Mi­naj/ Swift stoush, Bruno Mars jok­ingly took to Twit­ter to have a crack at Sheeran by la­belling the VMAs the new WWF and call­ing his mate into the ring.

“I’ve been want­ing to do that for ages with some­one but there isn’t any one that I know that I don’t have to text to tell them that this is ac­tu­ally a joke,” Sheeran ex­plained.

“When I saw Bruno do that, I knew he was jok­ing and I know if I say any­thing, I won’t have to text him and ask him if he’s of­fended by it with the short jokes.”

Sheeran last night gave a small group of Aussies a mo­ment they’ll re­mem­ber for the rest of their lives, kick­ing off the Nova Red Room Global Tour at iconic Dublin venue Whe­lans by per­form­ing in front of 28 com­pe­ti­tion win­ners who trav­elled more than 30 hours to see him.

“I’m not aware of this be­ing done be­fore,” Sheeran said.

“I did a Red Room on Bondi Beach and it was a re­ally good gig but I was sure that most of the peo­ple there were from Bondi whereas here I am al­most pos­i­tive that the 28 peo­ple have never been to Dublin be­fore.

“Dublin is such a good city to watch mu­sic in and this is such an amaz­ing venue.”

Not co­in­ci­den­tally, Whe­lans was in­stru­men­tal in Sheeran’s ca­reer. Back in 2003, long be­fore he was a global su­per­star, Sheeran was inspired to fol­low his mu­sic dreams af­ter be­ing in the au­di­ence at a Damian Rice gig at the venue. Sheeran will play a run of sta­dium shows in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber, start­ing the tour at Sun­corp Sta­dium in Bris­bane be­fore play­ing Perth’s NIB Sta­dium, Mel­bourne’s AAMI Park and Syd­ney’s Al­lianz Sta­dium.

It will mark the end of his X World Tour ( 179 shows in to­tal) and Sheeran hinted he may do a se­cret show for fans.

“Ev­ery time I’ve re­ally toured Aus­tralia I lose my voice by the third or fourth gig so I wouldn’t want to tempt fate by do­ing a se­cret gig but maybe at the end be­cause that will be the end of the whole tour,’’ he said.

Sheeran and Swift will tour Aus­tralia around the same time and given they’re friends, there’s ru­mours they will ap­pear on stage to­gether.

Pic­ture: AP

JOKE FEUD: Ed Sheeran en­joyed a witty so­cial media ex­change with Bruno Mars.

NOM­I­NA­TION: Tay­lor Swift.

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