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2014 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

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People are still talking about Nicki Minaj’s “shade but no shade” BET Awards speech, after she won for “Best Female Hip Hop Artist”. Now although everyone assumed Nicki was talking about fellow nominee Iggy Azealea (I even did a poll and majority chose Iggy), Nicki remained mum until today when she took to twitter to explain what the speech was about:

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!

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

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

I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness…. Did she read minds?

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.

I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.

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.


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