Close-up: Real issues to be recognized in the music industry

After a week full of media screen-shotting tweets between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, there’s more to take away than a sensationalized “war” between the two.

Minaj has had a reputation for addressing societal issues, especially ones that directly affect her person, her identity, and her culture. Aside from media and social networks, these types of things can be found in something much more simple and much more intimate: her music and performances.

If you really want to analyze it, Minaj’s “Anaconda” video set the record of 19.6 million clicks in its first day, only beat when Swift’s “Bad Blood” received 20.1 million on its release.

But that’s just stats, and there were five slots for MTV’s Video of The Year nominees. These were taken by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar’s “Bad Blood,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,”  Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and Beyoncé’s “7/11.”

Michelle Habell-Pallán, UW associate professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies, explained how some people question Minaj’s tweets about black women being unrecognized simply because Beyoncé was nominated.

“There’s not a limit or a quota,” Habell-Pallán said. “There’s more than one black woman who has influence in popular culture; do we have to limit it?”

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