At last night’s (Jan.7) People’s Choice Awards, Iggy Azalea took home yet another hip-hop award. The Aussie femcee won Favorite Hip-Hop Artist over artists like Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Drake and her mentor T.I.
The “Fancy” rapper may be far from done when it comes to winning hip-hop awards though. At last year’s American Music Awards she beat Drake and Eminem when she won Favorite Rap Album and at this year’s upcoming Grammy Awards she is nominated for Best Rap Album. These nominations and victories have caused much controversy for the 24-year-old because many view her as being a pop artist and do not see her as deserving of so many hip-hop accolades, especially as an Australian female.
During a recent interview, she said she never thought that her race made her being a rapper a weird thing.
“Well, I never thought it was strange,” she told Vanity Fair. “If you go back to the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley and Eminem—they’ve all basically done black music. I felt this wasn’t that far from what we’ve seen in music history over and over again.”
When asked if her criticism was misogynistic. the Grand Hustle rep totally agreed.
“Well, they don’t say that stuff about Macklemore. So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina.”
In actuality, Macklemore got as much criticism as Iggy did and was quite vocal when he won hip-hop awards he felt like he didn’t deserve (remember that famous text to Kendrick Lamar?)
Watch her performance of “Beg For It” at last night’s ceremony below.