Nicki Minaj slams Grammys again over super freaky girl category change

Nicki Minaj isn’t done lashing out at the Recording Academy for moving her hit song “Super Freaky Girl” out of the rap Grammy category and into the pop category. “The Grammys are blogging this article from Variety to distract you from the fact that ‘SUPER FREAKY GIRL’ was unfairly moved out of the rap category while other pop rap songs remain in the RAP CATEGORY,” Minaj wrote on an Instagram Story Tuesday morning.

“They’re posting on the blogs that I did a ‘stunt’ and it worked, b/c ‘Do We Have a Problem’ is being sent to the rap categories,” she continued of the earlier single, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs February Chart. “But what does ‘SFG’ have to do with ‘DWHAP????'” In an earlier slide in Tuesday’s story, Minaj displayed what appeared to be a post from The Shade Room blog chronicling the first time Minaj called out the Grammys for moving the song, noting , that “it looks like the trick might have gotten their attention”.

The post then cited a recent Variety story that said Grammy voters who received their ballots “reportedly say Nicki is in contention for Best Rap Performance for her next song.” In response to this Shade Room post, Nicki wrote: “This is gaslighting @ it’s the best and even this post specifically, @theshaderoom doesn’t post this part of my life. It’s done all the time to make ppl look ‘crazy’.”

At press time, a spokesperson for the Recording Academy did not return requests for comment on Minaj’s post.

The third clip finds Minaj continuing her rant against the category change, with the rapper writing, “This was done to lower my chances of winning a ‘Super Freaky Girl.’ This was done to remove me from a category they don’t have . you want CONTEST!!!!!!! Everyone is scared to death of the song’s success and thought it would be super EASY for them (as it has been for the past few years), but ‘SFG’ is such a global hit, some members are AFRAID to keep it in the competition.”

Last week, Minaj lashed out at the Recording Academy after it was announced that “Super Freaky Girl” — which her team entered in the rap Grammy categories — was moved to pop, according to the story, after the Recording Academy’s rap committee overturned the submission. in The Hollywood Reporter. “The group determined that Minaj’s playful, pop-sounding song sampling Rick James’ 1981 classic ‘Super Freak’ should compete for Best Pop Solo Performance instead of rap awards,” reported THR.

it’s worth noting that MC Hammer also sampled Rick James’ “Super Freak” for “U Can’t Touch This,” which won a 1991 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.

“Super Freaky Girl” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August and spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. Minaj suggested that the category change was part of a larger agenda to celebrate rising rap artists over veterans. In 2017, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” won Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Minaj pointed out, even though Drake himself admitted it was a pop number.

On the other hand, Minaj said last week that the same rules apply to Latt’s pop-oriented “Big Energy.” “Now let’s say ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is a pop song. Let’s say yes. What is ‘Big Energy?’ If ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is a pop song, what song is ‘Big Energy.’ What genre is ‘Big Energy?’” Minaj tweeted.

“If you can’t tell now that there’s a concerted effort to give newer artists stuff that they really don’t deserve over people who’ve been deserving for years, then you’re not paying attention,” Minaj continued. “And soon, female rap really won’t have any black women. If you pay attention, you will see, you will understand.”

The Recording Academy does not disclose the reasons when its screening committee moves songs into categories other than those in which eligible recordings were submitted, THR noted. General voting, which can include thousands of entries in a single category, is not published.

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