People Are Petitioning to Have Iggy Azalea’s Top Rap Song Billboard Award Retracted
Iggy Azalea just can’t win.
The Australian rapper, who already lost out on winning a Grammy this year, might be losing her new Top Rap Song trophy from the 2015 Billboard Music Award if a certain petition that’s gaining online traction pulls through.
More than 17,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking Billboard to strip Azalea of her accolade, claiming that the emcee’s summer smash hit, “Fancy,” was ineligible to win. The petition, started by Tennessee resident Christian Ferguson, reads:
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.
According to Billboard, the eligibility period for the 2015 BBMAs spanned from March 10, 2014 to March 8, 2015. However, some nominees were chosen based on album and digital song sales, radio plays, streams, touring and social media chatter. As “Fancy” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, it seemed that Billboard included the song in its nominations due to its popularity that summer.
“Fancy,” which also features Charli XCX, ultimately beat out Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck with You,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda, Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Boy,” and Azalea’s own “Black Widow” for the honor. Azalea also nabbed awards for Top Streaming Artist and Top Rap Artist at this year’s ceremony.