It seems thousands of music fans want Iggy Azalea stripped of her recent Billboard win. Iggy won three awards earlier this month, Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Song. But it is Iggy Azalea’s Top Rap Song win for her track “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, that has gotten her into hot water among rap fans.
Nearly 20,000 music fans signed the Change.org petition asking for Iggy Azalea’s win be stripped from her. The reason? Apparently Iggy Azalea’s song, “Fancy,” falls just outside of the date criteria for eligibility. “Fancy” was released on February 17, 2014, mere weeks before the March 10 eligibility date. Iggy Azalea went up against rap big names such as Big Sean and Nicki Minaj. Many of the petitioners thought Nicki Minaj was robbed of a win according to this discrepancy.
“Iggy Azalea’s 2015 Billboard Award for Best Song has been proven invalid. 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’ve won. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have to recalculate these nominations without ‘Fancy’ as a nominee.”
Even though Iggy Azalea had to recently cancel her Great Escape tour, it seems something managed to go right this week for the singer when news got back to the Billboard Music Awards. According to Yahoo!7 News, a spokesperson from Dick Clark Productions has come forth to issue a statement about the eligibility criteria. It turns out the start date of March 10 refers to chart performance and not the release date at all. Since this admission, the fans who started the “Retract Iggy Azalea’s Ineligible Award for ‘Fancy'” petition have been forced to close their petition.
Even with the statement by Dick Clark Productions, it seems many rap fans are still not happy with Iggy Azalea’s win. The petition to have Iggy Azalea stripped of her title closed at nearly 20,000 petitioners but people are still showing their support by signing. At the time of posting, the “Retract Iggy Azalea’s Ineligible Award for ‘Fancy'” petition has 23,499 supporters.
What do you think? Should Iggy Azalea have won the Billboard award for Top Rap Song? Or was Nicki Minaj robbed? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
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