Your daily dose of Iggy Azalea hate comes in the form of a new petition to strip her of her recent Billboard Music Awards win for "Top Rap Song." The reasoning behind the petition actually seems to be legit, as the creator points out that Iggy's song "Fancy" was released before the eligibility time period for this year's awards. As per Billboard's site, this year's eligibility period was from March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. Iggy's hit, even though it basically ran radio last summer, was released in February 2014.
The petition has since taken off and amassed over 19,000 signatures, with a majority of the people claiming that Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" is the rightful winner of the award.
Iggy Azalea's 2015 Billboard Award for Best Song has been proven invalid. 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.
Billboard's enforcement of the rules seems to be what's most in question here, as Pharrell's "Happy" also won the award for "Top R&B Song" though it wasn't released in the time frame, either. Additionally, Pharrell's album, G I R L, also doesn't fit into the time frame, even though it was a nominee for "Top R&B Album." As of now, Billboard has not commented or clarified on why Iggy and Pharrell's songs were included in the categories. You can check out the petition here, and read their full reasoning above.
UPDATE: Billboard just issued a statement on the matter and clarified that they track the success of a song during a certain time frame and not particularly when it was released. Iggy's hit song "Fancy" reached number one last June. Read it below.
Billboard Music Awards are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. "Fancy" went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in June.