Nicki Minaj takes shots at Grammys over 2012 loss to “white man Bon Iver”

The rapper lost Best New Artist to the indie singer.

Nicki Minaj is still not over losing the Best New Artist award at the 2012 Grammys.

In 2012, Minaj was up for Best New Artist, but the title ultimately went to indie singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, better known as Bon Iver. Earlier this week, the rapper took to social media to drag the Recording Academy for failing to recognize the impact she had on the music industry ten years ago.

“Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on Billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade—went on to inspire a generation,” the rapper tweeted on Tuesday. “They gave it to the white man Bon Iver.”


Neither the Record Academy nor Bon Iver have responded to the rapper’s statement at time of writing.

Minaj’s criticism comes after the Recording Academy unveiled its nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards on Tuesday. She wasn’t the only celebrity to lash out at the music institution: The Weeknd called the Grammys “corrupt” after his album After Hours was completely shut out from its 2021 nominees’ list. Teyana Taylor also took a jab at the Recording Academy over its all-male shortlist for Best R&B Album.

“I’m not blasting the male nominees,” she tweeted later to clarify her statement. “I’m blasting the @RecordingAcad for failing ALL the women that has been putting in work. Women are clearly being overlooked here. WOMEN PLAYS A BIG PART IN CARRYING R&B.”


The Grammys unveiled its 2021 nominees on November 24. The list included rap acts like Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Also for the first time in history, all the nominations for the Best Rock Performance category are women or female-fronted acts. Among them are Fiona Apple, Haim and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.

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