Video: Wednesday was Lady Gaga's birthday, but Madonna wishes Nicki Minaj a happy birthday instead... and then the claws came out

Madonna and M.I.A. bring cupcakes to the birthday girl, Nicki Minaj (left) -- and none for Lady Gaga.
Madonna and M.I.A. bring cupcakes to the birthday girl, Nicki Minaj (left) -- and none for Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga celebrated her 26th birthday earlier this week, and the Interwebz were aflutter with little monsters' birthday wishes to her -- Twitter, YouTube, even Billboard's website were sending their well wishes. One person who didn't tell her happy birthday, however, was Madonna. On the day of all days which Gaga could have expected Madonna to be cordial, respectful even, Madonna turns around and metaphorically bitch slaps Gaga in the face. Of course, all of this cattiness took place on YouTube. And it was all in the name of Nicki Minaj.

In this video, Madonna, M.I.A. and the "Luvin'" cast wish Minaj a happy birthday. Madonna also gives Minaj a birthday kiss -- not a kiss of Britney-Madonna proportions, but a kiss nonetheless.

So how, exactly, is this catty? Well, Nicki Minaj's birthday was in December, and the above video was filmed in December, when Minaj, Madonna and M.I.A. had filmed the music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'."

Why wait four months and upload it to YouTube on the very day of Gaga's birth? Because it's easier to be passive aggressively rude in a YouTube video than by throwing Gaga the bird in public. It also stirs up controversy, and the Queen of Pop could use a bit more of that lately -- oh, and it drums up interest in her new album, MDMA, which dropped Tuesday, and Minaj's new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, to be released this Tuesday.

Earlier this week Madonna also pissed off deadmau5 when she introduced Aviccii at Ultra Music Festival and said ""How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?" After deadmau5 took to Twitter in anger, Madonna came back and said she was referring to the song "Have You Seen Molly?" by Cedric Gervais. Clever.

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