It is that time of the year again. It is almost time for MTV’s infamous Video Music Awards. This is one of the only award shows where you never really know what will happen. We all remember when Kanye West jumped on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at 2009’s award show. Or maybe lets go a few more years back when Madonna and Britney Spears shared a lip-lock. Those are just to name a few. Well, yesterday, MTV announced the nominees and it has sparked some controversy and shed light on an important topic. In my opinion, next to a Grammy, getting a Moon Man is the next best award. In addition, there are many new up and coming artists nominated this year, who have never been nominated before which I see as a pro to this years’ nominations. Much back lash is coming from Nicki Minaj and she is not necessarily wrong in her opinions. I think it is safe to say that Nicki Minaj is the queen of the rap game right now. Everyone wants her featured on their songs and earlier this year she released the acclaimed “Pinkprint,” an ode to her idol Jay Z’s classic “Blueprint” album. To me, this is her best album yet, as I viewed it as a return to her rap roots in comparison to her pop-influenced sophomore effort. Furthermore, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj’s Feelin’ Myself music video was shunned for the Video of the Year Award. Most of us can agree that that was by far one of the best music videos to come out this year. It was the embodiment of the care-free black girl movement, but this song was universal not just for black women. Beyoncé’s 7/11 music video was nominated in this category but no Nicki Minaj video was nominated for this award. Minaj was nominated for 3 awards though, one of them being Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video for her hit “Anaconda,” which reached #2 on the Hot 100, or in other words, the highest charting song of her career.
So, here is where it gets a little messy. After the release of the nominations, the Young Money rapper took to twitter to speak her mind. She did thank MTV for her 3 nominations, but she felt as though she deserved more than just 3. She also really felt like “Feelin’ Myself” definitely should’ve been nominated for Video of the Year. She then went a little a deeper and stated that if she was a different “kind” of artist, or had been showing a bunch of slim girls in her video, maybe she would have received a little more love from the award show.Of course people like Taylor Swift took her tweets personal and decided to respond and take away from Nicki’s overall message. Nicki raised some critical points about how black artists, especially black female artists, are shunned and scrutinized more harshly than their white counterparts. And she is definitely right. The media also adds to this problem which she addressed. Most of mainstream media wants to portray black women in power as some “Angry Black Woman” and white women as a damsel in distress. Sorry if thats too harsh for you but its the sad and very apparent truth.
Whether or not Nicki deserved more nominations is up for debate, but what I do know is that last year, Miley Cyrus was awarded winner of the Video Of The Year for her highly controversial “Wrecking Ball.” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” was a cultural phenomenon in the same light as “Wrecking Ball,” but failed to even score a nomination in the shows most coveted category. However, Nicki is a smart and talented BLACK woman shedding light on a very important topic and flaw of not only the entertainment industry, but our society as a whole. Black women, more so then black men, have been treated as the world’s doormat. We are fetishized, mocked, and overlooked but when our White and even Latina counterparts do the same exact thing, they are praised So, I’m standing with Nicki on this one its about damn time that Black women start getting what they are long overdue and deserved.