Christopher Polk for Variety
When we think of rap music, and particularly female rappers, we think of Nicki Minaj. The Trinidadian artist has over a decade of success. From her acclaimed 2010 debut studio album, “Pink Friday,” to today with the hit single “Barbie World,” Minaj has outlasted many of her contemporaries while holding her own against the new generation of rappers. However, even though Minaj has a long list of accomplishments, she’s still missing one thing: a Grammy. Perhaps that could change at the upcoming 2024 awards.
Minaj’s lack of a Grammy is strange, but explainable. Throughout her career, she has garnered 10 nominations, mainly in the field of rap. His first was for Best Rap Duo/Group Performance as a featured artist on Ludacrisfrom “My Chick Bad.” They lost, but Minaj was back the following year with three nominations for “Pink Friday,” including best new artist, plus an additional nomination as featured artist on Rihanna“Loud” for album of the year. Minaj Was Unlikely To Beat The Grammy Darlings Jay Z And Kanye West in the field of rap; they had huge success and acclaim with their joint album “Watch the Throne” and West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” But she had a chance to fight for the Best New Artist award. However, this prize was awarded to Good Iver.
Three years later, Minaj was up for two Grammys: Best Rap Song for “Anaconda” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” (alongside Jessie J And Ariana Grande). Then again, Minaj was unlikely to win either: in rap, “Anaconda” might have been considered too light (Kendrick Lamar won instead for “I”), and in pop, she took on the undeniable Grammy-bait ballad “Say Something” from A big world And Christina Aguilera. A year later, “The Pinkprint” earned Minaj a few rap nominations, but Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” was predictably swept aside.
So one could argue that Minaj is without a Grammy, more because of strong competition than because of any active prejudice against her. This is important because this year, it is Minaj who could be the strong competition. His hit “Barbie World” is one of the biggest rap songs of the year, topping the US Spotify chart and hitting the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Whether it’s pop or rap, he could end up being the biggest hit of the year. the lineup, which would increase his chances of winning.
Another plus for Minaj is her protégé frozen spice, with whom she collaborated on “Barbie World.” Ice’s popularity this year is undeniable, and voters might be happy to give him their endorsement. It would be similar to Megan you studThe rap field is gaining in 2021, thanks to its collaboration with Beyonce on the remix of “Savage”.
Competition (or lack thereof) is also a key factor, as no rap darlings are eligible this year: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and Jay-Z are currently between albums. 2023 has also been notoriously slow for hip-hop, but Minaj and Ice have thrived despite this, with both achieving multiple top 10 hits this year. As such, it will be much easier for them to take on new stars like Lil Durk, Gunna And Cat Doja than the Grammy favorites Minaj has competed against in the past.
So, Barbz, you might soon be able to call your favorite star a Grammy winner. A Minaj victory is surely expected at this point, especially since new female rappers like Doja Cat, CardiB and Megan Thee Stallion are all winners already. With such an impressive catalog of hits and such a huge influence on hip-hop music, it’s clear she should join her peers in receiving music’s biggest prize.
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