It’s difficult to argue that Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was, if anything, one of the biggest rap songs of 2014. Rap & the entire Hip Hop community has been quite a rye over whether or not Iggy Azalea deserves to be considered a “rapper,” and some as notable as 90’s hardcore rapper Ice-T have openly voiced their disapproval with her back-to-back award winnings. “Fancy” has ha quite the run on the top charts but when the single won the title of “Best/Top Rap Single” jaws dropped everywhere. Now, a new petition suggests that Billboard revoke or disqualify her win on a technicality.
According to the petition — which already has thousands of signatures — singles that qualify for the televised awards (which differ from Billboards print trophies) must be released after March 10th.
The eligibility time period for nominations is March 10th, 2014 through March 2015. “Fancy” was released on February 17th, 2014, nearly a month before the eligibility starting. This is unfair to the other nominees in these category, especially to “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would have won the award. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have to recalculate these nominations without “Fancy” as a nominee.
While Billboard has yet to respond, it’s possible that the song simply has to chart in this timeframe, rather than seeing release. Either way, by rallying Nicki Minaj go-hard fans and general Iggy haters, the petition is really picking up steam & FAST.
The Hate is Real.