The right to petition is a fundamental value in the United States. And we are glad the American population is using for something important…
Like for protesting Iggy Azalea’s Billboard “Top Rap Song” Award.
Thousands of people have signed the change.org petition demanding Iggy be stripped of her award because her song “Fancy” did not meet eligibility requirement.
To be exact, 17,000 people have signed. The petition was started by Tennessee resident Christian Ferguson. It states:
“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.”
“Fancy” was released last February, so it doesn’t fall within the required release dates.
The nominees were chosen on criteria such as album and digital song sales, radio plays, streams, touring and social media engagement.
Touring, one of the points of consideration for the award, was not Iggy Azalea’s strong suit. In fact, it was rumored that Iggy's tour was canceled because of low ticket sales.
The song in question featured Charli XCX, and it made music history when it dominated the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks.
Iggy and Billboard have not commented on the petition.