Nicki, you seemed to be throwing shade at Iggy when you dissed artists for not writing their own songs during your acceptance speech for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards on June 29. Nicki, we usually love your bold and candid attitude but it wasn’t the right time or place to diss one of your fellow artists!
Nicki Minaj, the BET Awards are for celebrating and lifting up your fellow hip hop artists — not tearing them down. Yes, Iggy Azalea, 24 — along with plenty of other entertainers at LA’s Nokia Theater on June 29 — may not write all of her own songs, but does that mean she’s not a talent to be reckoned with? Not in our book!
Nicki Minaj Dissing Iggy Azalea At BET Awards — It Was Wrong
Nicki, we all know what a unique and gifted entertainer you are — that’s exactly why you won the award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the 2014 BETs. In a world where many performers don’t write their own music and/or lyrics, you are truly special. No one can argue with that — and no one did.
So why did YOU feel the need to single out Iggy and other artists for not writing their own songs? Your mean speech was just plain unnecessary and ran totally contrary to the spirit of the night.
Your exact words were: “My point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”
You immediately tried to backpedal, claiming, “No, no, no shade. No, no, no shade.” But the damage had already been done.
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Now, it’s possible your diss wasn’t directed at Iggy in particular, but it seemed pretty clear to us that was who you had in mind. The “Fancy” rapper had also been nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards, so she was your direct competition that night.
Plus, even though Iggy is listed as a co-writer on her hit single “Work” and on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” many of her songs are rumored to have been ghostwritten, including smash hits like “Fancy” and “Change Your Life.”
Nicki, you started your speech with some heartfelt words about your own career and success, and you should have left it at that.
When you’re as big as star as you are, there’s no need to throw shade to make yourself shine brighter! Instead, why don’t you use your light to illuminate your fellow female rappers?
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Was Nicki out of line for dissing Iggy at the BET Awards? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee