Nicki Minaj has criticized the Grammys for nominating her song “Super Freaky Girl,” released in August, for Best Pop Solo Performance in 2023.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Minaj submitted the song to the rap categories, but the rap committee of the Recording Academy voted to reclassify it to the pop honors categories.
In a now-deleted Instagram Live, Minaj responded to the decision, claiming, “‘Super Freaky Girl,’ where I solely rapped on the song, was pulled out of the rap categories at the Grammys and put in pop.”
She announced that “[Drake’s] Hotline Bling” had won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Sung [Performance] at the 2016 Grammy Awards, despite Drake’s protests that the song didn’t belong in the rap category at the time.
Let’s pretend, Minaj said, that “Super Freaky Girl” is a pop song. Just to be clear. I don’t understand what [Latto] means by “Big Energy.” … Put ‘Big Energy’ in the pop genre if you relocate ‘Super Freaky Girl’ there. Actually, both of these songs have the same producers.
Thus, let’s keep everything on an even keel. If I’m featured in a pop song, I still out-rap the other artists.
On Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart,
Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” has spent the past eight weeks at the top. The song, which samples Rick James’ “Super Freak,” shot straight to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release, making Minaj the first solo female rapper to do so since 1998.
When Minaj tweeted in 2020, “Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation,” it wasn’t the first time she had criticized the awards show.
Bon Iver, a white man, was the recipient of this gift.
Nominations for next year’s honors have been submitted, and voting has begun. Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ is a notable entry since, eight years after her first ‘Red’ album lost both categories at the awards, it is now nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album.
Beyoncé has made her first-ever submissions in the dance/electronic genre, with ‘Renaissance’ competing for Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronic Album of the year and ‘Break My Soul’ competing for Song of the Year, Recording of the Year, and Best Dance/Electronic Recording of the year.
Drake, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, and Anderson have not all submitted material. The Silk Sonic album by Paak.