Iggy Azalea is glad she missed out on a Grammy Award last month because she feared an avalanche of criticism if she took home a top rap trophy.
The hip-hop star was nominated for four awards at the 2015 ceremony, including the coveted Best Rap Album for The New Classic, but she came away empty-handed.
However, the star is adamant she felt relieved not to have landed the album award, which went to Eminem for The Marshall Mathers LP 2, because winning would have unleashed a wave of hatred from critics.
She tells Power 106, “I did not want to win that award. My speech would have been like, ‘F**k this! I don’t want it! Take it!’… I found it to be kind of ironic. It was because I’m white, therefore I’m appropriating culture. But then Eminem won it – who’s white and won it many times – and they didn’t seem to say anything about that.”
Azalea has been been accused of appropriating black culture to boost record sales.