Azealia Banks slams BET Awards for Nicki Minaj bias

Banks is nominated alongside Minaj in Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category

Azealia Banks has criticised the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards for its perceived bias towards Nicki Minaj.

In a series of Tweets published yesterday (May 18), Banks reacted to the announcement of nominees by describing the BET Awards as “bogus” for favouring Minaj, who has won the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award every year since 2009, including a victory over Banks in 2013.

The female rap award at the bet awards goes to nicki every year, it’s not even a real award anymore lol it’s a bit of a running joke.

— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) May 18, 2015

https://twitter.com/AZEALIABANKS/status/600308358063792128

Minaj went on to address Minaj’s fanbase, known as Barbz.

https://twitter.com/AZEALIABANKS/status/600312105523421186

https://twitter.com/AZEALIABANKS/status/600312818907402240

The BET Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre on June 28.

Meanwhile, Azealia Banks recently broke up a fight between fans at her New York show earlier this week.

The rapper, who released her long-awaited album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ in November 2014, was playing a gig at the US city’s Irving Plaza venue on Monday night (May 11). Half way through her performance of the song ‘Miss Amor’, Banks was forced to stop to break up a scuffle ensuing in the audience.

Watch footage of the incident below (from the 1.25 mark in the YouTube clip).