Iggy Azalea Happy for Grammy Nominations Despite Criticisms
Rapper Iggy Azalea is up for four Grammy Awards including Best Rap Album for her latest effort, ‘The New Classic.’ The Aussie rhymer's nominations has generated plenty of polarizing opinions but Azalea says she's just happy to be nominated.
The ‘Fancy’ rhymer told Billboard that she’s grateful to be recognized by the Grammy voters.
"I don't care if I get a Grammy for best album artwork. A Grammy is a Grammy, baby," she said. "Nobody says, ‘Uh, what's your Grammy for? ... No, this Grammy doesn't count.'”
With that comment, Azalea may be alluding to Macklemore’s controversial win last year in the Best Rap Album category. The Seattle rapper won the trophy for his album, ‘The Heist,' which beat out heavily favorite Kendrick Lamar's classic debut LP, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city.’ Macklemore conceded that Lamar got robbed and should have won the award because he had the better rap album.
But it looks like Iggy won’t be apologetic if she wins the Best Rap Album award despite critics and Azealia Banks who feel that her album isn’t worthy of a nomination much less a win.
“Any Grammy is equally as good. I'll take any Grammy for anything,” she said. “Any Grammy you've got, send them my way. I will not complain."
Azalea's other nominations include the coveted Best New Artist and Record of the Year for ‘Fancy’ (with Charli XCX). The ‘Black Widow’ creator is appreciative that the Recording Academy is recognizing her hard work.
"I didn't think they would think of me four times. I'm happy they thought of me any times," she said. "There are so many other award shows that I appreciate winning awards for, but I think it really means something special just to be nominated by the people that you work with and are alongside every day. That's a different thing. It's a different level of respect."
We'll see if Iggy Azalea wins any golden gramophones at the 2015 Grammy Awards, which airs live this Sunday (Feb. 8) at 8PM ET on CBS.