Nicki & Wayne puts visuals to her latest single
The nominees for the 2012 American Music Awards have been announced and the leading ladies of hip hop and R&B are perched atop with the most nominations. Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, both pulled in four nominations.
Trailing slightly behind, with three nominations, is Rihanna’s on-again, off-again partner, Chris Brown, who is up against Ri-Ri in the “Favorite Album: Soul/R&B” category. J. Cole notched three noms also, and was nominated in the “New Artist Of The Year” category.
Just as record sales have indicated, the R&B/Pop artists are garnering the most attention. Check out the notable Hip Hop/R&B nominations, via Rap-Up, below.
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story
Drake – Take Care
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Mary J. Blige
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown – Fortune
Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Usher – Looking 4 Myself
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Nicki Minaj is getting a lot of publicity these last two days since Lil Wayne and DJ Drama finally dropped Dedication 4, which features the Young Money Diva on “Mercy,” a Weezy appropriation of Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music recording. Minaj’s image is famously crazy, as promoted by the lady talking to split-screen doubles of herself, flipping back and forth between character voices, and spitting all sorts of creative and quirky brags. Her latest on “Mercy” was well-timed against U.S. electoral discussions, as it’s got audiences raving even further about just how far she’ll push it.
The controversial lines read, “I’m a Republican votin’ for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is fuckin’ up the economy.”
Fans are running up comment forums all over, wondering whether Nicki has got her tongue in cheek, or whether she’s trading in loony for political. No comment has yet been released by the artist, but Weezy-loving Romney campaigners might stop for a second to consider how long hip hop has been pushing controversy for its own sake. This sure doesn’t seem like anything remotely close to a Yeezy-level statement circa Hurricane Katrina- it reads more like a clown-like provocation in the old tradition of Slim Shady.
If unconvinced, take a look at some of the verse that leads up to the Romney statement. With all the big debates up lately concerning sexist slurs on females, it’s curious that Romney supporters would be so quick to side with a cunning mouth that juxtaposes her endorsement with these lines:
“Drop it to the floor, make that dick shake/My homegirl slurp it like a milkshake/All you niggas want some Nick cake/If ya eat ass I gotta thick plate.” A world where the public is more comfortable with sexual metaphors than political metaphors is a crazy one fit for such an eccentric.
The very fact that Minaj’s statement is a verse within a song should be enough for fans to determine how much credibility it should be honored with. Maybe the South Jamaica Queen is a Republican, maybe she isn’t, but she clearly doesn’t take herself too seriously. Anything written into a loop of playful boasts can and should be seen as metaphor only, until proven otherwise.
The Super Bass Diva spills on how it all went down: “He was working on the mixtape, and I was like, ‘Excuse me, I need to be on that mixtape, hello!’ And he was like, ‘Aight, whatever, whatever you wanna do.’ So I just went in the other room, and I recorded on this particular beat that I think my fans will be very happy I touched.”Minaj has mentioned Lil Wayne before as one of the contemporary artists that have heavily influenced her own work, so her ardent stunt comes as no surprise.
Stay on the watch for Lil Wayne’s mixtape release, and the reveal of the beat that’s got this femme feature so stoked.
Earlier this evening, Nicki was expected to hit the stages for the 2012 Summer Jam, however word came down from Weezy that he was pulling her from performing due to a comment Peter Rosenberg made earlier. Weezy wasn’t having it and decided to “ban” his YMCMB crew from performing, although Tyga had already hit the stage earlier.
“I see the real hip-hop heads sprinkled in here. I see them. I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later—I’m not talking to y’all right now. Fuck that bullshit. Bullshit. I’m here to talk about real hip-hop shit. People here to see A$AP Rocky today. People here to see ScHoolboy Q on this stage. That’s the shit I represent.”
Apparently, there has been a last minute change in who will headline this year’s Summer Jam in New Jersey. According to some tweets by Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, Hot 97’s DJ Peter Rosenberg supposedly said a disrespectful comment to Minaj, causing Weezy to tweet “Young Money ain’t doing Summer Jam.” On Rosenberg’s Twitter, he tweeted “Tonight just got interesting g.” Read the rest of Minaj’s tweets below. Considering that YMCMB’s Tyga just performed on stage, it will be interesting to see who ends up being the main event.
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