Azealia Banks claims she'll never get a VMA or Grammy because America doesn't like 'opinionated black women'

The rapper was snubbed by the MTV Video Music Awards

Heather Saul
Wednesday 22 July 2015 17:13 BST

Azealia Banks has joined Nicki Minaj in calling out racism within the music industry by claiming her work is overlooked because the US doesn’t like opinionated black women.

The outspoken rapper wowed critics with her long-awaited debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, but her music videos were absent from all of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) categories. Taylor Swift emerged with the most nominations after Kendrick Lamar, receiving nods for nine awards.

Banks, 24, is known for her forthright opinions and disputes with other members of the music industry publicly. She addressed her VMAs snub in two succinct tweets:

Minaj also criticised MTV for only choosing videos that celebrate “women with very slim bodies” and claimed her video for 'Anaconda' would have been nominated for best choreography and best video if she was “a different ‘kind’ of artist”.

The 'Pink Friday' rapper said she was tired of black woman constantly influencing pop culture but rarely being rewarded for their contributions. She then found herself having to explain the music industry's race problem to Swift, who took offence to her tweets.

Banks previously blasted the rapper Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture but refusing to denounce the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael brown by a white police officer during the Ferguson riots, tweeting, "Black culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?”

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