Music fans are up in arms about a Billboard Award that was awarded to singer Iggy Azalea. More than 21,000 people signed a petition on Change.org demanding that the award be rescinded.
The reason for the uproar, according to the people behind the petition, is that Azalea’s song “Fancy,” which was honored recently as Top Rap Song, should not have been eligible, based on Billboard’s guidelines.
The petition reads: “Iggy Azalea’s 2015 Billboard Award for Best Song has been proven invalid. The eligibility time period for nominations is March 10th, 2014 through March 2015. ‘Fancy’ was released on February 17th, 2014, nearly a month before the eligibility starting. This is unfair to the other nominees in these category, especially to ‘Anaconda’ by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would’ve won. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have to recalculate these nominations without ‘Fancy’ as a nominee.”
But despite the strong turnout in support of the petition, it appears that it has been rejected. A post on the petition site, under the headline “Thank you for the support, but unfortunately this is the end of the road,” reads in part: “To everyon who signed the petition to retract Iggy’s Billboard Music Award, thank you first and foremost; however, a spokesperson for Dick Clark Productions, who produces the award show, has said that the award is still Iggy’s unfortunately.”