Feb 5, 2015 11:02 PM
Azalea: I'd be happy with a Grammy for best album artwork
The Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Iggy Azalea is nominated for four Grammy Awards, and the rapper wouldn't care if she won one for best accent or best hair color.
"I don't care if I get a Grammy for best album artwork. A Grammy is a Grammy, baby," she said in an interview Thursday. "Nobody says, 'Uh, what's your Grammy for? ... No, this Grammy doesn't count.' Any Grammy is equally as good. I'll take any Grammy for anything. Any Grammy you've got, send them my way. I will not complain."
Azalea's nominations include top prizes like best new artist and record of the year for "Fancy." The No. 1 hit that marked her breakthrough is also nominated for best pop duo/group performance (shared with Charli XCX), and her debut, "The New Classic," will compete for best rap album.
"I didn't think they would think of me four times. I'm happy they thought of me any times," the Australian performer said. "There are so many other award shows that I appreciate winning awards for, but I think it really means something special just to be nominated by the people that you work with and are alongside every day. That's a different thing. It's a different level of respect."
Azalea was busy rehearsing "Black Widow" and her new single, "Trouble" alongside Jennifer Hudson on Thursday for Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala.
"I think it's new for me ... because I usually do things that are so constructed and have so many stage props or choreography, but this is a really different record for me to be able to have me and (Jennifer) perform it and have that relaxed atmosphere," she said of "Trouble."
"It has a great, great live vibe to it," Hudson added. "It came to life for both of us when we were performing it together."
Hudson, a Grammy winner, is nominated for best R&B performance for "It's Your World," which features R. Kelly.
"It's every performer's dream to be able to ... be recognized," she said. "So to be nominated again, it's like, 'Yes!'"
Davis' event will attract A-List performers and buzzed newcomers, as usual. He was hush-hush about this year's performers but said music executives and Taylor Swift would attend.
"Taylor Swift is of course there every year, taking it in with that curiosity, just dancing, listening and knowing the words," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if she knows the words to 'Trouble.'"