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It is officially the 2015 award season and with the recent Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards it is now time to center our focus to the talent of musicians from hip hop stars to classical composers etc. with this year’s Grammy Awards.  The 2015 Grammy Awards will be live Sunday night on the CBS network.

Nominees in the hip hop community include but aren’t limited to Kanye West up for Best Rap Song with “Bound 2” along with Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda, Wiz Khalifa’s  hit “We Dem Boyz” and the popular “0-100 / The Catch Up” by DrakeDrake is also nominated for Best Rap Performance along with Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Childish Gambino, and LeCrae.  Both categories seemingly full of familiar and respected faces in the hip hop industry until we take a look at the Best Rap Album category.  Among Common’s raw depiction of urban society with his album: Nobody’s Smiling, Schoolboy Q’s: Oxymoron, Wiz Khalifa’s: Blacc Hollywood, Eminem’s: Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Childish Gambino’s: Because the Internet sits the controversial Australian female rapper, Iggy Azalea, with her debut album: The New Classic.

When this year’s Grammy nominees were announced the social media sphere exploded when people saw that the “Fancy” rapper was put up against these other talented artists.  It is undeniably true that Azalea has a strong fan base and is popular among the mainstream micro-genre of music but critics raise the question of whether she deserves to be recognized among these rap veterans.  The Aussie emcee has been called out for her less than authentic rhymes and trying to mold herself into the “black culture” of hip hop.

Last year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won not only Best New Artist of the Year but also took the Grammy home for Best Rap Album with: The Heist and faced criticisms throughout the hip hop community.  Iggy Azalea is a Billboard Top 100 favorite to take home this year’s award and people are less than pleased.  She is also up for Record of the Year and Best New Artist.  With rumors of a Beyoncé performance and the trio of Rihanna, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West officially added to the set list this Sunday’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards Show is going to be one not to miss!