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Steven Tyler Apologizes to Current "American Idol" Judge Nicki Minaj in Wake of Feud

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Steven Tyler (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Steven Tyler (via ABC News Radio)

A feud recently erupted between Aerosmith frontman and ex- American Idol judge Steven Tyler and one of the TV talent show's new panelists, hip-hop/pop star Nicki Minaj , and Tyler is the first one to blink.  The rocker has apologized to Minaj for a comment that he made that she construed as "racist."

In case you haven't been following the story, Tyler initially told MTV that he didn't think there was enough camaraderie among the new American Idol judging panel, and wasn't sure if the new judges were able to be as nurturing with new talent as he and Jennifer Lopez were.  He added that if rock legend Bob Dylan had tried out for the show, Nicki "would have sent [him] to the cornfield." 

Minaj subsequently told Steven to "go f**k himself" on Twitter, and accused him of being racist because he implied that she wouldn't have liked Dylan just because she's a black rapper.  But now, in an interview with the Canadian entertainment show eTalk , Tyler says he didn't mean that at all.

"I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki," said the singer.  "I was just saying that if Bob Dylan came on the show, he'd have been thrown off.  Maybe I spoke out of turn, but racist I'm not, Nicki."

Indeed, Tyler has nothing against black rappers.  His willingness to collaborate with hip-hop legends Run-DMC on a groundbreaking duet version of "Walk This Way" in 1986 is often pointed to as a reason why rap was able to cross over to the pop music mainstream.

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