Nicki Minaj Calls Out Grammys for Moving Song from Rap to Pop Category

by Xara Aziz
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Ladies and gentlemen, Nicki Minaj is not happy. Who would’ve thought? The chart-topping rapper has hit back against the Grammy’s after determining that her hit single Super Freaky Girl is better placed in the pop category rather than rap.

The Recording Academy’s rap committee said Minaj submitted the track to compete in the rap category but they overturned her proposal and decided the song was a better fit for best pop solo performance, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, the song has maintained a healthy position on the charts, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart when the song was released in August.

“They stay moving the goalposts when it comes to me,” Minaj said on Instagram about the Grammy’s. “Why is the goalpost only ever moved when it’s Nicki?”

She also blew steam on Twitter stating that “I have no prob being moved out the RAP category as long as we r ALL being treated FAIRLY. If SFG has 2B moved out RAP then so does Big Energy! ANY1 who says diff is simply a Nicki hater or a troll. I’d actually LUV 2 c a more street record win- male OR female! IJS rightIsRight.”

The “Big Energy” reference was targeted at Columbus rapper Latto, whose rap song with a pop twist has been nominated in the rap category.

“Could you imagine someone telling you not to “complain” about being treated unfairly at your workplace? This is my job. I work very hard. No diff from a 9-5 where you should speak up for yourself if you know you’re a great employee & continue to be purposely sabotaged,” she added.

This isn’t the first time the Anaconda rapper has fought back against those who she believes misinterpret her work. In 2012, the rapper pulled out of Hot 97’s highly-anticipated Summer Jam concert after one of the station’s hosts, Peter Rosenberg, said that her song Starships was “not real hip-hop.”

Nominees for the 2023 Grammys will be announced on Nov. 15, and the live telecast will air on Feb. 5, 2023, on CBS.

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