If there was ever a better opportunity to shade, Nicki Minaj picked the perfect time. Although Nicki didn’t didn’t mention Iggy Azalea in her speech after winning Best Female Hip Hop artist, she did give a rambling speech and spoke about actually writing her own music, which is something many music publications have accused Iggy of not doing.
“This is always very, very emotional for me. Because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted. I really don’t,” Nicki said. “I thank god that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven. And I want you to know this: I want you to know that I have an album, The Pink Print, that’s coming out before the year ends. That’s not a plug, but it’s a plug! But my point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”
She continued, “No, no, no shade. No, no, no shade. I used to sit in the studio with [Lil Wayne] and I would literally take sometimes three, four days to write a verse. And he was like, ‘No, you can’t be taking days to write no verse, you gotta write your verse right here in the studio.’ And that’s why I love him ’til this day. Because he pushed me to push my pen, and I’m still one of the only emcees that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t. I don’t look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do. And I thank my fans because they…They might cut me off. This is so big. At one time black people was getting blacked out on the TV now they own their own network. This is big. This is different.”
After shading, but not shading, Nicki then told the crowd about her near death experience. “I just wanna say that, the other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die. Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even wanna call the ambulance because I thought well if I call the ambulance, it’s gonna be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and die. And it made me realize, I don’t care what anybody gotta say. I’ma do me. I’ma do me. And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that,” she said. “Stephen (Stephen Hill, VP of BET) I love you. It is what it is. Young Money ’til the death of me.”
You know what, if Iggy Azalea would have won, all hell probably would have broke loose.