It spent eight weeks at the top of Billboard’s rap songs chart but was ultimately disqualified for being too commercial. Even though Minaj has been nominated for ten Grammys, she has only once competed in the pop category.
Now in its eighth week at the top of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” will be competing in the pop category at the Grammys.
After the song debuted at the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in August, Minaj thought it would be a good fit for the rap categories at the Grammys. However, the rap committee of the Recording Academy later decided otherwise.
It was decided by that panel that Minaj’s upbeat and catchy single which samples Rick James’s 1981 hit “Super Freak” should be entered in the best pop solo performance category rather than the rap category.
Minaj posted a video to Instagram and a string of tweets Thursday criticizing the decision. When it comes to Minaj, the academy “keeps moving the goalposts” as she put it on Instagram. As Nicki frequently wonders, “Why is the goalpost always moved when it’s Nicki?”
— Stats of Minaj (@statsofminaj) October 13, 2022
Minaj further stated that Latto’s “Big Energy” which is pop-leaning and samples Tom Tom Club’s 1981 song “Genius of Love” which was famously sampled by Mariah Carey for her No. 1 hit “Fantasy” should compete in pop if “Super Freaky Girl” must.
As long as everyone is being treated fairly, she tweeted, “I have no prob being moved out the RAP category.” If Super Freaky Girl (2B) has been transferred out of RAP then Big Energy must have done the same thing. “If you disagree with me, you’re either a hater or a troll who doesn’t like Nicki Minaj.
The song “Big Energy” by Latto topped the rap chart at Billboard for two weeks and reached position #3 on the Hot 100 chart. Rap categories, not pop ones will be where “Big Energy” is up for Grammys honors.
The Recording Academy did not respond to a request for comment via email. Nominees for the upcoming 2023 Grammy Awards will be announced on November 15, and the live broadcast will air on CBS on February 5, 2023.
First-round nominations voting starts this Thursday and runs through next Tuesday, October 23. Over the years, Minaj has released a string of pop and hip-hop hits in which she either raps or sings (and sometimes does both).
The sample of Annie Lennox’s 1995 cover of “No More I Love You’s” in her debut solo single, “Your Love,” placed it on the pop-adjacent border and Minaj has since released other pop-heavy songs like “Super Bass” and “Starships” which Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg famously dubbed “not real hip-hop” and caused Minaj to pull out of the station’s annual Summer Jam concert.
However, Minaj has only competed in the pop category once out of her 10 Grammy nominations. This was for best pop duo/group performance for “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. Her rap work has garnered the majority of her Grammy nominations.
She’s been up for the best rap rap album for both Pink Friday and The Pinkprint, the best rap song for “Anaconda” and the best rap performance for both “Moment 4 Life” and “Truffle Butter.”
Similar artists to Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” include “Super Freaky Girl”: Although the singer-breakout rapper’s single topped Billboard’s rap chart for 13 consecutive weeks and stayed at the top of the Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks, it was ineligible for a Grammy in the rap category.
On the other hand, it was nominated for and won best pop solo performance at the 2020 ceremony. Doja Cat’s “Say So” which features her singing and rapping and Post Malone’s “Better Now” which blends hip-hop, alternative, and pop sounds are two other songs that feature rap elements that have competed for best pop solo performance.
Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy,” Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth‘s “See You Again” and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Old Town Road” which will likely win the award in 2020 are all examples of rap/pop collaborations that also charted highly on Billboard’s Hot 100.
When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis first broke through with “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” at the 2014 rap Grammys, the duo was disinvited from the ceremony. Later, however, the group was awarded all five rap Grammys, beating out Kendrick Lamar and others, a decision that was widely panned and even Macklemore criticized.
Thus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did not enter their second studio album into the 2017 Grammy Awards.
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