Nicki Minaj is speaking out about the backlash over her acceptance speech at Sunday's BET Awards.
As she accepted her fifth award for Best Female Hip Hop artist, Nicki emphasized that she takes part in writing all her songs, leading some to believe she was taking a shot at fellow nominee Iggy Azalea.
On Twitter, Nicki blamed the media for distorting her words. She explains that her words were meant to be a celebration of women's songwriting. Furthermore, the "Queen Barb" points out that she's publicly congratulated Iggy on the success of her hit song "Fancy," adding "she should be very proud of that." Nicki also praised fellow female songwriters Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott for their inspiration.
The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I believe we're smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I've been saying this for 5 YEARS— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness.... Did she read minds?— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
It's the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she's a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
Iggy Azalea also took to Instagram to address what she called the "general explosion of pettiness" that's arisen since Nicki's speech. Iggy says she's "unbothered by anything that 'happened' at the BET Awards." She's also "worn out" with people trying to create wars between her and other artists.
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