Nicki Minaj protests against the Recording Academy for passing its “Super Freaky Girl” from consideration in the Grammys‘ rap to a pop category, saying she’d be okay with the change if it were applied consistently to other artists who straddle the crossover line, which she says isn’t the case .
“I have no problem being removed from the RAP category as long as we are ALL treated FAIRLY,” Minaj tweeted Thursday night, in response to her submission being removed from the category she chose. “If SFG (“Super Freaky Girl”) got 2B out of RAP, then Big Energy is doing it too!” she added, referring to the Lactation blow of this name. “ANY1 who says diff is just a Nicki hater or troll.
Later, Minaj posted a 17-minute video on Instagram expanding on her stance. “If you can’t tell now that there’s a concerted effort to give new artists things they really don’t deserve rather than people who have for many years, then you’re not caring. And By the way, that doesn’t mean a song is bad or a female rapper is bad. I always say this: any rapper, female or male, who wins a Grammy, you should be proud of yourself. But why does the goal post only move when it comes to Nicki? Well, I’ll tell you why. They don’t want the people they have in the industry standing up against me.
Before Minaj goes public with her thoughts, the Hollywood journalist was the first to report that the Grammys had changed the genre category to “Super Freaky”. The change was revealed amid thousands of tracks appearing on the first-round ballot, which was sent to voters at the Recording Academy this week.
“If ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is pop, then ‘Big Energy’ is too,” she confessed in her Instagram video post. “If you take ‘Super Freaky Girl’ out of rap and put it into pop, do the same with ‘Big Energy’. Right? Same producers on both songs, by the way, if you want to talk about that. So let’s keep the shit fair.
She indicated that she would likely win in rap but had no luck in the category she transferred to. “Now what do you think is going to happen when they start voting on these pop categories? And it’s a bunch of people, white or wherever they’re from, or older, and they have to choose between Nicki Minaj and Harry Styles, or Nicki Minaj and Adele? It’s deliberately designed so that Nicki isn’t in the category (rap) that we don’t want competition in. Put her there (in pop) so that she has more competition and less chance of winning.
She continued, “They move the goalposts when it comes to me because for them to raise the people they want to shine, the people that these corporate giants can make money from, people who control a lot of things behind the scenes, they have to raise someone who they take advantage of. She further explained, “There’s a schedule because I’m not signed to a 360, and for years there was a certain label that had to pay me non-stop for their features.”
Minaj expressed her frustration at not knowing who is on the committee that makes these judgments and hinted that she had some ideas about who wanted her to lose. “Excuse me, Grammy board. Tell us everyone who made this decision,” she said. “And I noticed it was something weird when a certain person recently started saying out of nowhere, ‘Oh, ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is pop.’ He is always at the center of something that is happening against me. … Y’all, this shit needs to stop.
To support Minaj’s stance that “Big Energy” is at least as “pop” as “Super Freaky Girl,” a number of her followers unearthed a tweet from Latto in which she seemed to indicate her big hit wasn’t. not pure rap, with this artist writing at the time, “I got my pop song up now.”
The Recording Academy does not reveal the reasons why its selection committees move tracks from the categories in which they were submitted to other divisions. The general ballot, which may include thousands of submissions in a single category, is not made public. But when it was released to Grammys voters on Thursday, insiders learned what kind of judgment calls had been made.
Opposing the movement of submissions between categories is an annual ritual. Last year, Kacey Musgraves took issue with the fact that her song went from her favorite genre, country, to pop. Brandi Carlile also took issue with the fact that a number of hers were competing with pop instead of American roots last year. In a previous year, Justin Bieber objected to moving into pop for what he considered an outright R&B song.
In the case of “Super Freaky Girl,” it’s certainly a very questionable call, as Minaj raps throughout the song, not singing, though the track makes considerable use of melody and other elements. from “Super Freak” by Rick James. “that it’s hard to hear his song without constantly flashing on the 1981 oldie.
Ironically, Minaj’s reconfigured, raunchy update was a bigger “pop” hit than James’ song. Her “Super Freak” went to No. 16 on the Hot 100 over 40 years ago, while Minaj’s hit hit No. 1 this year.