Nicki Minaj fans want Iggy Azalea to hand back her Billboard Music Award for Best Song.
It appears Iggy Azalea is the music industry's main target. Whether it's her appearance, the way she attacks a song sans the Australian accent or her general demeanor, Azalea cannot catch a break! Even after receiving a Billboard Music Award on Sunday for Best Song, Azalea's facing backlash from Nicki Minaj fans who claim her award is invalid due to a technicality. Their response? Create an online petition in an attempt to remove the accolade.
Iggy Azalea's 2015 Billboard Award for Best Song has been proven invalid. The eligibility time period for nominations is March 10th, 2014 through March 2015. "Fancy" was released on February 17th, 2014, nearly a month before the eligibility starting. This is unfair to the other nominees in these category, especially to "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would've won. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have to recalculate these nominations without "Fancy" as a nominee.
The petition is asking for 15,000 signatures, and at the time of posting is only 1200 away from reaching that goal.
Dick Clark Productions, who represent Billboard, said “it was eligible,” providing no other additional comments. It is thought Billboard's time frame is based around the song's reporting period; songs that charted and reported on by Billboard in those selected dates are eligible. If the claim is true, should Iggy give back the award due to a fault by the awards show organization?
And then there's this 2014 article from Pitchfork pointing out Billboard awards artists once a year on TV and once in print using two separate eligibility periods.
“The problem isn’t with Billboard’s formula, it’s with Billboard’s calendar. You might think that an awards show crowning the biggest music of the year would define ‘the year’ from January to December, or something close to it. Think again.”
In other words, there are two best songs of the year. So let's just hope Minaj wins in print, otherwise expect a second online petition.