Thousands Sign Petition Over Iggy Azalea Rap Win At Billboard Music Award
Just like the 2014 Grammy's, where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis swept the EVERY Rap category from Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, to Best Rap Song and Best New Artist. The artists and fans were speechless with the blatant shun. The 2015 Billboard Music Awards did pretty much the same thing with Iggy Azalea, who took Top Rap Song and Top Rap Artist over the likes of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and more.
Most fans don't consider Macklemore or Iggy, true Urban or Rap artists. They are highly considered Pop or Mainstream. Not Urban. As a matter of fact, most Urban radio stations don't even play Macklemore. As for Iggy, the only thing you may hear is "Fancy" on a Hip Hop station. When most people think of Rap or Hip Hop artists, Lil Wayne, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, RIck Ross, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug etc. will be among the first.
What's interesting is according to Billboard.com, the "Top 10 Best Rap Song of 2014" didn't even include Iggy Azelea. So how did she win the only two Rap categories on their awards show?? It makes no sense. According to their own website, Billboard listed Rae Srermmurd, Wiz Khalifa, Bobby Shmurda, Young Thug, Migos, Drake and others. Iggy Azalea didn't even get an honorable mention!
Fans have been in a uproar, even since Azalea's win and calling Billboard out for not following their own rules. BET reports Change.com has started a petition claiming the eligibility period for the show's nominations began after "Fancy" debuted, making it ineligible to be considered.
The petition read, "Azalea's 2015 Billboard Award for Best Song has been proven invalid," it continued,
"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."
If that's the case the other nominees in the category were cheated after fans felt one of them, in particular, was more deserving of the award. "This is unfair to the other nominees in these category [sic], especially to 'Anaconda' by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would've won. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have recalculate [sic] these nominations without 'Fancy' as a nominee."
So what's going on? One things for sure Billboard hasn't made a comment on the matter. To date, the petition has accumulated more than 12,500 signatures and counting.
Will Billboard reconsider? We shall see.