Will the backlash hurt Iggy Azalea’s Grammy chances?

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  • King Loso
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    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve surely heard of rapper Iggy Azalea. She’s been on magazine cover after cover, has contstant airplay, and is often the topic of constroversial debate…especially after the Grammy nominations (and even more so after Azaelia Bank’s recent Hot 97 interview LINK – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFDS-VEEl6w). 

    Do you think the present conversation regarding her “Racial appropriation”, “blackface performance, and “ignorance of hip hop history” will affect her Grammy chances?  I’m eager to hear what you guys think on the matter. Is this a valid conversation to be had? Or is it a case of oversensitivity? Will the backlash catch up to Iggy before the Grammys (Instead of after as was the case of Macklemore?)

    In case you aren’t aware of any of the backlash, here are a few of the MANY recent think pieces written about her and her place in hip hop history.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/29/the-cultural-crimes-of-iggy-azalea.html

    http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/iggy_azaleas_post_racial_mess_americas_oldest_race_tale_remixed/

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/dec/24/iggy-azalea-azealia-banks-hip-hop-appropriation-problem

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11308082/Azealia-Banks-Vs-Iggy-Azalea-White-people-shouldnt-steal-hip-hop.html

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    Final2
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    I think it’s a bunch of racist garbage. Azealia Banks is a fool.

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    PoweR
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    That question implies that she had a strong chance in the beginning. With or without this backlash, I would say she will lose all of her Grammys to Coldplay, Sam Smith and Eminem. 

    And I do believe it’s a form of cultural appropriation and that some of Iggy’s success can be traced back to her being white and relatable to white audiences, but this whole “Azealia Banks is some savior!” is odd considering how she dismissed at one point that cultural appropriation is a thing just a year ago in a spat with a fan on Twitter and her constant homophobia and Twitter trolling. I’m not sure why anyone is falling for her act. It’s perplexing.

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    Renaton
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    Azealia Banks actually has a pretty great point (this time), and it’s no wonder respected artists such as Tyler The Creator and Solange and such a revered veteran like Q-Tip are on her side of the discussion. Honestly, I have been discussing this so much for the past few weeks now, that it feels I keep have the same conversations all the time when it comes to this. But Iggy is making profit out of building on a stereotype, of copying an accent that comes from a heritage that’s very distant from hers, of disguising pop music like hip-hop, and taking no responsability for not understanding that the context of the attitudes that becomes common in hip-hop changes drastically when done by an artists that doesn’t understand the original conotation of these actions and explore the advantages her race afford to advance her career while not caring about the history that a minority has with the style she is exploring and dilluting.

    That said, I doubt Iggy is gonna lose in the Grammys because of that. She is gonna lose because she is not Eminem and because the GF categories are notorious to leave artists from rap hanging (Arrested Development and Macklemore were exceptions). I honestly don’t think voters even care about all of this at all. Very few artists from r&b and hip-hop ever win in the GF categories, and the Grammys love rubberstamping the names they feel are “safe” and “inoffensive”. Iggy was gonna lose all her categories anyway before these past few weeks anyway. 

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    Javier V
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    I think it’s a bunch of racist garbage. Azealia Banks is a fool.

    Thank you! Azealia Banks is a racist fool. She’s the same tool who “demanded” $100 trillion for “reparations”. Stupid. But I digress.

    One of the main reasons why Iggy Azalea won’t make much of a dent in the Grammys is because of the genre’s lack of success in the general field. It has nothing to do with race. Her nominations in the general field is her award.

    By the way, posting a link from Salon is not a good play. They are extremely ignorant and closed-minded for the most part.

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    Atypical
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    I don’t think this will be the sort of issue that Grammy voters will know enough or care about in the end. If Iggy Azalea loses all of her categories on Grammy night, it will be b/c of Grammy voters’ reluctance to award her type of work (especially in the General Field). It’s more about their preferences and biases than anything else. If there’s a significant backlash to be had concerning Iggy Azalea, it’ll be more accurately judged in the marketplace of public opinion.

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    King Loso
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     By the way, posting a link from Salon is not a good play. They are extremely ignorant and closed-minded for the most part.

    You’re right. Salon does have a dubious track record at times, but there are TONS of articles from other reputable sources who make the same [valid] points/arguments. I am by no means selling any of this as fact. I just wanted to check the pulse of the matter here at Goldderby. 

    BTW, I also don’t see Iggy Azalea winning any of her nominations, but I wouldn’t be upset if she did win Pop Duo/Group. “Fancy” was certainly a huge record and deserves some sort of acclaim.

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    Miami
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    I think it’s a bunch of racist garbage.

    How exactly is the backlash that Iggy Azalea  is receiving “a bunch of racist garbage”?

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    Renaton
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    Iggy fans always do this, and blame things on “reverse racism” (urgh). So now, Azealia is the one who is racist in this discussion, even though it’s Iggy who uses lines like “runaway slave-master” and imitates a southern accent to come off as “the realest”…

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    Azealia Banks actually has a pretty great point (this time), and it’s no wonder respected artists such as Tyler The Creator and Solange and such a revered veteran like Q-Tip are on her side of the discussion. Honestly, I have been discussing this so much for the past few weeks now, that it feels I keep have the same conversations all the time when it comes to this. But Iggy is making profit out of building on a stereotype, of copying an accent that comes from a heritage that’s very distant from hers, of disguising pop music like hip-hop, and taking no responsability for not understanding that the context of the attitudes that becomes common in hip-hop changes drastically when done by an artists that doesn’t understand the original conotation of these actions and explore the advantages her race afford to advance her career while not caring about the history that a minority has with the style she is exploring and dilluting.

    That said, I doubt Iggy is gonna lose in the Grammys because of that. She is gonna lose because she is not Eminem and because the GF categories are notorious to leave artists from rap hanging (Arrested Development and Macklemore were exceptions). I honestly don’t think voters even care about all of this at all. Very few artists from r&b and hip-hop ever win in the GF categories, and the Grammys love rubberstamping the names they feel are “safe” and “inoffensive”. Iggy was gonna lose all her categories anyway before these past few weeks anyway. 

    I agree wholeheartedly except that I think Iggy does have a chance in Pop/Duo. How anyone can look at Iggy Azalea and not see that she is the personification of cultural appropriation is beyond me.  

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    mikeboy898
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    Iggy will lose because of the quality of her music. This whole ordeal with Azealia Banks is bull. I’m tired of hearing about it.

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    reverse racism isn’t a thing.

    as for Igloo’s place in hip hop history…

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    Final2
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    I just have one question. Would anyone care if she was black? Myself I don’t think so.

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    King Loso
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    I just have one question. Would anyone care if she was black? Myself I don’t think so.

    Well that pretty much is the argument that Azaelia Banks is making. 

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