Nicki Minaj Not Happy As Grammys Kick “Super Freaky Girl” Out Of Rap Category

Nicki Minaj used to social media tonight to vent her displeasure with the Grammy-awarding body, the Recording Academy. The organization announced today that Minaj’s recent single “Super Freaky Girl” does not qualify to participate as a rap song at the annual awards presentation and would instead be compelled to compete in the “pop” category.

It’s an odd choice, both because “Super Freaky Girl” is now at the top of Billboard’s rap charts and because, despite heavily sampling Rick James’ “Super Freak,” “Super Freaky Girl” also emphasizes Minaj, y’know…rapping. Quite a bit.

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Posting on Twitter and Instagram this evening, Minaj called out a move she clearly perceives as a double standard, writing that, “I have no prob being moved out the RAP category as long as we r ALL being treated FAIRLY.” She specifically called out Latto’s song “Big Energy” as being more of a pop song than her own, asking that, if “Super Freaky Girl” gets moved, “Big Energy” should be, too. (Anyone who says different, we are informed, “is simply a Nicki hater or a troll.”)

The Grammy nominees will be announced on November 15. As THR points out, this isn’t the first time Minaj—whose music occasionally straddles the line between pop and more traditional rap—has taken issue with the notion that one of her songs isn’t “real rap”; she walked out of a Hot 97 concert a few years ago after host Peter Rosenberg made similar remarks about “Starships.” Tonight, her rage shifted to Latto; Minaj tweeted a series of DMs from the “Big Energy” rapper begging for features, accusing her of manipulative behavior, and generally kicked up what appears to be a very nasty rivalry.

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