Nicki Minaj may have thrown some serious shade at fellow female hip hop star Iggy Azalea during the BET Awards Sunday.
The “Starships” singer, 31, took the stage at the Nokia Theater to accept her fifth consecutive win for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, beating out the Australian newcomer whom many considered the favored pick.
In a rambling speech — and not mentioning Azalea, 24, by name — Minaj talked proudly about her ability to write her own music.
“This is always very, very emotional for me,” Minaj said. “Because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted. I really don’t … 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 … 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.”
The Queens-born rapper took the moment to strike a diva pose before continuing — and clarified that her comment was not to be taken as shade towards anyone, but many took it as a dig at Azalea — who is rumored to have several ghostwriters on her music.
“No, no, no shade,” Minaj continued. “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.”
The rapper went on to herald BET as a “big” and “different” institution for black people, but then her rant took a serious turn.
“I just wanna say that, the other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die,” Minaj said.
“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.”
Before she left the stage, the “Beez in the Trap” rapper took what bloggers and social media users consider another shot at Azalea.
“I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity,” she concluded. “And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.”
Azalea, who performed her hit song “Fancy” on stage with rapper T.I., has not responded to the apparent jab.