Azealia Banks Blasts VMAs Snub: “America Doesn’t Like Opinionated Black Women”
Azealia Banks blasted the MTV VMAs on Tuesday after receiving zero nominations. The controversial performer took to Twitter to address the snub, and she sounded off on why she thinks she’s rarely recognized for awards consideration.
As Gossip Cop reported, the nominations for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and Banks was shut out of every category, including Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Female Video. In response, Banks tweeted, “All my videos deserve VMas and my album deserves a Grammy but I’ll never get one because America doesn’t like opinionated black women.” She then added, “Poor Me.”
This isn’t the first time that Banks has lashed out over awards show nominations. As Gossip Cop reported in May, after finding out she and Nicki Minaj were both up for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards, Banks complained about Minaj winning every year, calling the ceremony “bogus” and a “running joke.” And Minaj did indeed end up winning again at the June ceremony, as Gossip Cop noted at the time.
Ironically, Minaj herself slammed the VMAs nominations, too. As Gossip Cop reported earlier, the rapper ranted to her followers that her clips for “Feeling Myself” and “Anaconda” were robbed of Video of the Year nominations. Minaj also seemed to throw shade at Taylor Swift, the most nominated artist, writing, “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well… When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.”
It seems that both Minaj and Banks are suggesting some sort of racial divide, something Banks has ranted about in the past. Unlike Banks, though, Minaj did manage to nab two VMAs nods, just not in the top category. What do you think of Banks’ lack of VMAs nominations and her subsequent Twitter response? Tell us in the comments below.