At the 42nd American Music Awards held on Sunday night, Iggy Azalea managed to pick up the Favorite Artist and Favorite Album awards in the Rap/Hip Hop category — and, as a result, a host of angry Twitter users have taken to the social network to express their distaste.
Azalea, who moved to the United States from her native Australia in 2006 to follow her rap aspirations, has enjoyed a very successful 2014. Featuring on Ariana Grande’s single Problem helped her match a chart-topping feat only accomplished by the Beatles when her own single Fancy and the Grande track nabbed the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week.
However, despite her massive commercial success, there are plenty of don’t see the appeal of Azalea. Last year, Macklemore managed the same double AMA win as Azalea, and faced a similarly harsh response from some detractors who don’t consider radio friendly hip hop to be ‘real rap’. It seems that it’s all too easy to hate on the internet — here are a selection of the saltiest social media responses to Iggy’s big win.
Iggy Azalea won the AMA for best hip hop album and One Direction won the AMA for best rock album and nobody is in charge of anything I guess
— Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) November 24, 2014
A lot of the chat was fairly standard, but many went into specifics about which artists do and do not deserve this sort of plaudit for their work. Apparently, there’s some unknown distinction between the rap that Drake and Eminem put out compared to Azalea and Macklemore.
I'm not mad about the Ama's Tbh everything died for me at the Grammys when Macklemore took a Grammy home for best rap album ????
— ang (@swankgoddess) November 24, 2014
Im not mad anymore Ickle Azalala can keep that AMA ???????? pic.twitter.com/C5WQe0u2ZS
— c. (@aubreysoctober) November 24, 2014
Of course, it wasn’t long before the real over-exaggeration began. There’s something about an awards show that really angries up the blood — but you won’t believe the sort of thing people were coming out with over this situation.
The fact that Iggy Azalea won an award for best rap artist makes me question humanity…
— Justin Mullinnix (@JDMull2) November 25, 2014
Iggy Azalea really just won best Hip-Hop album of 2014…. I'm sorry we failed you Tupac #AMA
— Mr. Rager (@MrRagerx) November 24, 2014
In fact, for some words weren’t enough — their hate came with illustrations.
Just saw Iggy at the AMA's pic.twitter.com/696r7FyZT0
— B. (@BryansWRLD) November 24, 2014
Do you have any strong feelings on Iggy Azalea’s AMA success? Or do you think this sort of Twitter chatter is a little embarrassing? Let us know in the comments section below, or get in touch via Twitter by following @SocialNewsDaily.