Iggy Azalea loses Grammy for best rap album to another white artist

Eminem took it home for "The Marshall Mathers LP2"

Published February 9, 2015 1:43AM (EST)

Iggy Azalea          (AP/Owen Sweeney)
Iggy Azalea (AP/Owen Sweeney)

The Internet has been churning with worry over the thought that polarizing songstress Iggy Azalea — who has long been accused of appropriating black culture -- was going to take home the best rap album award at the Grammys tonight. The Grammys have long been criticized for their choices when it comes to rap and hip hop, and people were incensed when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won last year over the likes of Kendrick and Kanye. If Iggy won, the outcry was bound to be even greater: As Vulture’s Lindsay Zoladz put it: "It’s especially troubling to think that the Grammys might honor this kind of “artistry” in a year when so much of our larger cultural conversations have concerned the erasure of black voices and the devaluing of black lives."

Well, the results are in, and you can all rest easy: The award went instead to the other white nominee in the category, Eminem, for his "The Marshall Mathers LP2." Em's victory is not all that surprising; he has a long history of Grammy success, having won six times in the past 20 years (Kanye, meanwhile, has won four times, Jay Z once). Hey, at least it's not Iggy?

By Anna Silman

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