Nicki Minaj Calls Out Grammys as “Super Freaky Girl” Kicked Out of Grammy’s Rap Category!

Nicki Minaj is upset that the Grammys no longer consider her song “Super Freaky Girl” for the rap category because she believes the change would be fair only if it were applied uniformly to other musicians who straddle the crossover line.

Minaj responded to the decision to reclassify her application by tweeting, “I have no difficulty getting moved out the RAP category as long as we r ALL being treated FAIRLY.” She continued, referencing the Super Freaky Girl by Latto: “If SFG (Super Freaky Girl) has 2B moved out RAP then so does Big Energy!” A troll or Nicki hater is “ANY1 who says diff.”

Minaj elaborated on her stance in a 17-minute Instagram video, which she uploaded later.


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The Hollywood Reporter was the first to disclose that the Grammys had reclassified “Super Freaky” as a different genre before Minaj made her opinion public. This Monday, Recording Academy voters received the first-round ballot, which features hundreds of songs.

She declared in an Instagram video message, “If ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is pop, then so is ‘Big Energy. If you’re going to reclassify ‘Super Freaky Girl’ as pop instead of rap, then you should probably do the same thing with ‘Big Energy.’ If we’re going to go into the nitty gritty, both tracks have the same producers. Therefore, let’s play nice.

Minaj complained that she doesn’t know who is on the committee making these decisions and suggested that she has an idea of who wants her to lose. Excuse me, Grammy committee. She demanded that we learn “who made this decision” from everyone involved. And I knew it was odd when someone suddenly started saying, “Oh, “Super Freaky Girl” is pop,” I said. He seems to be at the centre of everything that goes wrong for me. This nonsense has to end, y’all.

In cases where songs are reclassified by the Recording Academy’s screening committees, the organisation does not explain why. There may be thousands of entries in a single category, and the general ballot is kept secret. However, insiders realised what kind of judgement calls had been made once the ballot went out to Grammy voters on Thursday.

It’s become an annual tradition to complain about entries being moved to different divisions. Kacey Musgraves had an issue with her song being reclassified from country to pop last year. A handful of Brandi Carlile’s songs, which she believes should be considered Americana, were incorrectly placed in the pop category last year. In a previous year, Justin Bieber had a problem with a song that he thought was an R&B song being reclassified as pop.

While Minaj does rhyme throughout “Super Freaky Girl,” there is no singing, and the music heavily samples Rick James’ 1981 hit “Super Freak,” making it difficult to listen to Minaj’s song without thinking of James’ song.

It’s ironic that Minaj’s reworked, filthy version became more popular with “pop” listeners than James’ original. More than 40 years after his “Super Freak” peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100, Minaj has topped the chart with her own song.

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