By Chris Carpenter (@chriscarplive)
Iggy Azalea had a pretty dope 2014, you guys. Sure, the Aussie rapper-slash-sometimes-model was fairly buzzed about in 2013—however, it was her breakthrough joint “Fancy,” that infiltrated all of the world’s cars, clubs, cubicles and retirement communities for a better portion of this year. That portion was super great.
After making some history (but, for real – read on), supplying the planet with back-to-back smashes, becoming besties with Charli XCX (everything just feels so right when they’re together), nabbing two American Music Awards, a BET Award, four Grammy noms and getting into a strange Internet beef with Snoop Dogg – Iggy wasn’t lying when told us that she was in the fast lane. You know, from LA to Tokyo. Let’s take a look back at her amazing 2014!
Iggy, then a relatively unknown MC, dropped her infectious jam “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX. And, boom. The entire world got all, “I’m so fan-say, you already know.”
Iggy blew our minds when she channeled her inner-Cher Horowitz and recreated Clueless for the “Fancy” video.
Things got problematically phenomenal when Iggs teamed up with pop’s ‘it girl’ Ariana Grande on the horn-friendly “Problem.” Oh, also – Iggy began referring to herself as Iggy-Iggs and Iggy-Iggy on this very track.
The New Classic drops and debuts at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“Problem” officially debuts at number 3 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.Iggy translated “Fancy” for old people (because, that slang stuff…) on Jimmy Kimmel Live and then performed it!
June (was massive for Iggy)
“Fancy” hits the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And by ascending to the summit, Iggy joined the likes of lady OGs Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim and Shawnna and became the fourth solo female rapper—ever—to top the chart. Iggs made us way proud that day.Then Iggy made some more history! With “Fancy” at number 1 and “Problem” peaking at 2, Iggy matched The Beatles (yep, The Beatles – the ones your parents sometimes talk about) as the only acts, like, ever to simultaneously hold the top spots with their first two Hot 100 hits. Fancy, indeed.
But Iggy wasn’t done making them hits, you guys. She teamed up with her godfather T.I. on the smash “No Mediocre,” where she rapped about things like wearing designer sunglasses at basketball games.
Later in June, Iggy went to the BET Awards where Nicki Minaj shaded her during her acceptance speech for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. (Nicki is the naughtiest.) Iggy went on to perform at the show and seemed pretty unfazed. And took home the Who Blew Up Award. Don’t forget, she’s super fancy. Duh.
Then Iggy landed on the cover of Billboard. June was the busiest.
“Fancy” just wouldn’t quit. In July, the jam stayed rooftop—like it was bringing ’88 back—and topped off seven weeks at Number 1; making Iggy the female rapper with the longest stay at number 1. The fanciest jam surpassed Lil’ Kim’s previous record holder of five weeks.
Later, Iggy released her second cut off The New Classic “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora – where the duo promised that they were gonna love us (gonna love us, gonna love us, gonna love us) like a black widow, baby. That’s a good thing, right?
The fanciest rapper became the clumsiest one when she tumbled off the stage during an MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert. And like a true baller, she kept spitting that hot fire and didn’t even say, “Oopsy daisy!”
Iggy wore a sparkly bodysuit and performed in front of a giant spider web with Rita at the VMAs. She also scored a Moonman with Ariana for Best Pop Video.
“Fancy” was declared the song of the summer by Billboard. Shoot, Iggs! Get ‘em.
September got extra steamy when Iggy shook her stuff with J.Lo for the sahh-weltering “Booty” video. Humans worldwide watched the clip on repeat for several days.
Things got awk-city when ancient rapper Snoop Dogg cyber bullied Iggy for a few strange days. He enjoyed belittling her by comparing her to Marlon Wayans’ character from White Chicks—among other things. But Iggs was all, “Hell naw, Internet troll!” and dressed as—what else?—Marlon Wayans’ character from White Chicks for Halloween and hung out with J.Lo and Demi Lovato.Iggy declared that everyone wanted to put their hands on her (we slowly nodded our heads), when she dropped “Beg for It” featuring Mø (not to be confused with Lil’ Mo) as the lead single off Reclassified, the reissue The New Classic. I-G-G-Y hit up 30 Rock as the musical guest on SNL, and served up a fierce medley of “Fancy” and “Black Window.” And… yeah, a rather awkward performance of “Beg for It.” Can’t win ‘em all, friends.
Because one Iggy album wasn’t enough for 2014, J.Lo’s booty-poppin’ bestie hit us with Reclassified. The latest cut gave the world five new songs and guest features from Jennifer Hudson, Ellie Goulding and previously mentioned Mø (again, not to be confused with Lil’ Mo).Later, homegirl went to the American Music Awards, snagged two trophies and performed twice—most notable was her “Booty” performance. Because, like. Booties.
Capping off fanciful and booty-filled year – Iggy was ‘no mediocre’ chick when she was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rap Album, Best New Artist and Record of the Year (!). We can’t wait to congratulate her for stuff in 2015.
[Photo: VH1/Lauren Weissler]