Nicki Minaj has slammed The Recording Academy for switching her hit single “Super Freaky Girl” from the Rap category to the Pop category for the 2023 Grammy awards.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Minaj originally submitted the song for rap categories, but the Recording Academy’s rap committee decided to reclass it in the pop awards categories. “Super Freaky Girl” recently scored its eighth week on top of Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart.
In an Instagram Live that has since been posted to her feed, Minaj slammed the decision, saying, “‘Super Freaky Girl,’ where I only rapped on the song, was removed out of the rap categories at the Grammys and put in pop.”
“[Drake’s] ‘Hotline Bling’ won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Sung [Performance],” she said in her long rant, referencing the 2016 single that Drake himself said had no place in the rap category.
“Now, let’s say that ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is a pop song,” Minaj continued. “Let’s just say that. What is [Latto’s] ‘Big Energy’? . If you move ‘Super Freaky Girl’ out of rap and put it in pop, do the same thing for ‘Big Energy.’ Same producers on both songs, by the way. So let’s keep shit fair. Even when I’m rapping on a pop track, I still out-rap.”
Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August.
“If you can’t tell by now that there is a concerted effort to give newer artists things that they really don’t deserve, over people who have been deserving for many years, then you’re not paying attention,” she added. “And soon female rap will really not have any black women. If you pay attention, you’ll see, you’ll understand.”
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