After a highly successful debut single “Yung Rapunxel”, firestarter rapper/singer-songwriter Azealia Banks has another reason to celebrate her greatness. The Harlemite rapper has been nominated by her peers (read: urban music listeners) with two BET Awards nominations. Check out Azealia’s nominations (and competition below):
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Best New Artist
The nominations speak wonders for Azealia’s sometimes questioned credibility in the urban community, and thankfully her #cheaperthancheap understudy Iggy Azalea (who is notably more ‘urban’ than Banks) was rightfully left empty handed. Her progressive style and unconventional flagbearing for the LGBT community has finally been recognized on a major platform. Azealia’s nominations are especially noteworthy in the ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist’ group, a category in which Nicki Minaj has won for the last three years. Seems like this category gives Azealia more of an edge to win, as Eve and Rasheeda are fairly irrelevant in today’s world of femcees. Rye Rye seems like the true #wildcard, but she’s extremely talented and her Baltimore style is possibly more adored in the fashion world than Banks herself. With any music awards show, the ‘Best New Artist’ category is one of the biggest surprises. Banks could pull this one off if the network were looking to shock viewers, but expect Kendrick Lamar or The Weeknd to snag this category’s win. Unfortunately, anyone with dollar signs in their name doesn’t stand a chance in hell. While I’m more of an anti-BET viewer who wishes the channel wasn’t included in my basic cable line up, Azealia’s double nominations give hope in a network that relies on dry storytelling (“The Game” especially) and piss-poor original programming. View the full list of 2013 BET Awards nominees here and look out for the show on June 30, 2013.