Iggy Azalea Disagreed with Lorde's Nirvana Performance, But That Doesn't Mean They're Feuding
Lorde and Iggy Azalea's friendship is not in jeopardy, but the media is once again willing to throw a female friendship under the bus for headlines. Yes, Iggy Azalea critiqued Lorde's Nirvana tribute, but not because Lorde wasn't good. Rather, Lorde performed Nirvana's "All Apologies" to close out their Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but Azalea felt they should have picked someone else.
Nothing against her, but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate.
Azalea's opinion on the matter lead to a number of outlets reporting that there was now a feud between the two young singers. Suddenly headlines like "Iggy Azalea Slams Lorde" and "Iggy Azalea Throws Major Shade Lorde’s Way" popped up. But as much as the media loves tearing down two successful women (just look at those Lea Michele and Naya Rivera rumors), there's not an actual feud happening.
It's right there in Azalea's quote. She has "nothing against [Lorde]" and says "she killed the performance." Azalea doesn't think Lorde was a bad choice because she sucks (which she certainly does not!), but simply because, at her young age and the small amount of time she's spent in the music industry, she didn't know the band personally. This is an accurate critique, especially when you consider the other tribute singers were long-time legends like Joan Jett and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. For Azalea to point that out wasn't throwing shade Lorde's way. In fact, the two ladies are friends, as Azalea pointed out on Twitter after the fight rumors.
Lorde, too, has expressed solidarity for rapper Azalea, coming to her defense a couple of months ago after Complex magazine got Azalea to be their cover girl and then, later, slammed her album in their review. Lorde wrote a lengthy blog post about the issue saying to Complex, "Don’t act like you respect [artists] then throw them under the bus.” Azalea showed her appreciation for Lorde's comments by tweeting her fellow singer.
Sorry, but Lorde and Azalea are too smart to let you tear down their female friendship. Besides, if you're going to gossip about Azalea over anything, make it about that time she said she didn't care that she beat The Beatles' Billboard chart record because she said she'd "rather be The Rolling Stones." Now that's something worthy of some discussion.