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Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is no stranger to controversy and haters in the music industry, especially when it comes to her female cohorts, most notably Azealia Banks (who had some pretty exciting news to announce this week). In the latest riff against the 24-year old, music fans have created a Change.org petition to take away her Billboard Music Award for “Best Rap Song.” According to the petition, the “Fancy” singer was ineligible to be nominated because the song was released on February 17, 2014, nearly a month before the eligibility period for nominations began. The authors of the petition point out who they think should’ve received the award, writing, “this is unfair to the other nominees in this category, especially to ‘Anaconda’ by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would’ve won.”
A spokesperson for Billboard Music Awards’ production company, Dick Clark Productions, explained that the nomination was valid because it doesn’t matter when the song was released, but when it fell on the charts. This seems obvious given that Billboard is a chart.
As of this morning, the petition had 21,661 supporters. If you ask us, it seems like the authors have a little too much time on their hands. Their efforts to strip Iggy Azalea of her award are proof that awards shows, at least of the non-Grammy caliber, are becoming a little too friendly to naysayers. Blame Kanye West, who infamously crashed the stage at the 2009 Video Music Awards when Taylor Swift won Best Female Video (look who rules the music industry now, Kanye).
Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj are wisely staying mum on the controversy. Azalea has better things to focus on, like promoting her music video with Britney Spears, “Pretty Girls.” Minaj, meanwhile, has her summer song “The Night Is Still Young,” which premiered on Vevo earlier this week. Both rappers on are on the right page — why belabor over past hits when they’ve got bigger ones to promote?