The Recording Academy catches some backlash for mistakenly announcing Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice as winners of Best Rap Song.
Before the 2024 Grammys broadcast on Sunday night, the Recording Academy had already been revealing some of this year’s award winners in the Grammys’ premiere ceremony and sharing the results on Twitter. However, a mistake occurred during the presentation of the best rap song category, where the wrong winner’s name was mistakenly posted on Twitter.
During the live-streamed premiere ceremony, viewers noticed the rightful winner for the best rap song was “Scientists & Engineers” by Killer Mike. However, there was a hiccup as the Recording Academy mistakenly posted on Twitter that Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World” was the winner. The error was promptly rectified and swiftly deleted.
The tweet that has since been deleted stirred up quite a commotion among fans, especially considering that the Grammy would have marked Minaj’s first win. Despite being nominated 12 times, she has never clinched the award before. Additionally, Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World” was also nominated for best song written for visual media, but the honor ultimately went to another Barbie track, “What Was I Made For?,” performed by Billie Eilish.
“Why would the Grammys post about Nicki Minaj & ice spice n say they won the Grammys in a tweet & then just deleted it,” one social media user wrote.
Minaj has previously expressed her grievances with the Recording Academy in the past. In 2022, she criticized the Academy for categorizing her song “Super Freaky Girl” in the pop category instead of rap. Taking to social media, Minaj called out the decision, highlighting her disagreement with the classification.
“They stay moving the goalposts when it comes to me. Why is the goalpost only ever moved when it’s Nicki?” she said.