Joe Budden has been one to be vocal about his opinions of Nicki Minaj but the media personality believes the Recording Academy ought to give the femcee what’s due.

During a recent episode on his eponymous podcast, Budden wondered why the organization has yet to acknowledge Nicki’s efforts and her level of influence in the industry.

“Nicki Minaj needs her flowers. Whoever the Grammy board is, whoever’s on there, y’all are not the ones that get to determine that Nicki Minaj and all of her impact and influence don’t get to win an award,” Budden said.

“I’m sorry. I’m done with those days. Y’all are not the fuckin’ gatekeepers, the barriers of entry—y’all are not any of that … And now we’re at a stage when we have to acknowledge the, not the impersonators, but the people who were inspired by that act. It’s the same thing like when some of these people, I see the Drake influence there; call me dick rider, whatever, who knows.”

Budden continued: “But Nicki is in that same boat. I don’t think too many more years need to go by when she’s not awarded for her efforts, that’s how I felt watching Doja Cat and some of the winners there.”

The co-hosts for the podcast then brought up a hypothetical scenario, saying if “god forbid, something were to happen to Nicki” the public and media would be quick to sing her praises and organizations would follow suit to give “flowers galore”. Sadly, this is something we’ve seen happen many times in the industry and as much as it’s sad to phantom, that happens to be the reality of the situation.

This discussion comes as Nicki Minaj has been hailed as one of hip-hop’s most influential artists in the last decade, having released numerous platinum albums, charted at No. 1 on multiple occasions, and won a slew of awards. Despite receiving nearly a dozen Grammy nominations over the course of her 15-year career, she has yet to win a single category.

Listen to Budden’s speech below.

 

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