Amethyst Amelia Kelly, professionally known as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model who topped the ‘Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums’ chart as the first female and non-American rapper.
She earned worldwide recognition with viral videos for her tracks “Pu$$y” and “Two Times.” Her 2014 song “Fancy” with Charli XCX became a number one hit. She won a 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.
|Name||Amethyst Amelia Kelly|
|Born||June 7, 1990|
|Birthplace||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Profession||Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, and Model|
Her family moved to Mullumbimby, New South Wales, when she was still an infant.
Her father Brendan Kelly was a painter and comics artist. Her mother Tanya cleaned holiday houses and hotels. Her father encouraged her to consider a career in fine arts when she was a teenager.
Azalea, who was ridiculed at school for her homemade outfits, used to hate school. However, she attended her art class with zest. She eventually dropped out of high school and started working with her mother to raise money to follow her dream of moving to America.
She started rapping at the age of 14 and even formed a group with two other girls. However, the group was eventually disbanded as her bandmates were not serious about pursuing a career in music.
Since the age of 11, she was drawn to hip-hop music. However, she felt alienated in her homeland as there was none to share her interests with. She made friends with Derek, a teenager from the Bahamas, whom she met online, and started sharing her rap songs with him for his inputs.
Just before her 16th birthday, she convinced her parents to allow her to go on a holiday trip to America, and flew to Miami where Derek lived at the time. Soon after, she revealed to her family that she has decided to pursue her music career in the US, and would not return home anytime soon. For six years, she worked illegally in the US without a work visa.
FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS
Azalea was most recently linked to Tory Lanez in which the two fueled dating rumours back in October of 2022 after a video of the two together at a party began circulating, causing fans to speculate that they were together.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONS
Azalea’s debut album, The New Classic, dropped in 2014, making her a household name. Fans couldn’t get enough of chart-topping hits that included “Work,” “Fancy,” and the single “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora. That same year, Azalea appeared on the single “Problem” with Ariana Grande.
In 2018, Azalea switched labels and released the EP Survive the Summer, followed by her second studio album, In My Defense, released in 2019. The “Sally Walker” performer released another EP, Wicked Lips, and then put out The End of an Era, her third and final studio album, before announcing her hiatus from music in the summer of 2021.
In the past decade, Azalea has received four Grammy nominations and won various prestigious awards, including American Music, MTV, and Billboard Music. The hit single, “Go Hard or Go Home,” was featured on the soundtrack of the Fast & Furious 7 film. The award-winning artist has collaborated with Jennifer Hudson, Wiz Khalifa, Bebe Rexha, Tyga, Britney Spears, Charli XCX, and more.
The rapper’s YouTube channel has over 3.4 billion views, and to date, she has sold 48 million records worldwide. As of 2021, Azalea’s estimated net worth was $15 million.
SOCIAL MEDIA POPULARITY
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IGGY AZALEA INCOME / NET WORTH
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Iggy Azalea has a net worth of $15 million (£12 million) as of 2023.
The 32-year-old Australian rapper and songwriter, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in Sydney, moved to the US at the age of 16 to pursue a music career.
She signed to Jefe Wine-O Wine’s independent record label, which released her songs on iTunes. At the time, Iggy also uploaded cover videos on YouTube.
It was the release of 2013 single Work and her 2014 hit with Charli XCX, entitled Fancy, that made her a big name in the music industry.
The latter peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 and was named Billboard’s song of the summer in 2014. Fancy was the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2014.
To date, Iggy has sold 50 million albums and 22 million singles around the world.
FACTS ABOUT IGGY AZALEA
- She worked and saved the money she earned by cleaning hotel rooms and holiday houses with her mother.
- She claims to have hated school, which, apart from art class, only made her miserable.
- Azalea was the first female, and first non-American rapper to be featured on XXL’s “Top 10 Freshman List”.
- She has also won three Teen Choice Awards and one MTV Europe Music Award.
- In November 2014, she was placed at number-one on the Maxim Hot 100 list in Australia because “few Aussies, female or otherwise, have had a bigger 2014 than Iggy.”
- In 2015, Azalea also led the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations with five.
- In 2016, Azalea was presented with the Woman of the Year award by GQ Australia.
- In late 2018, Azalea began dating American rapper Playboi Carti.
- She also said she had no friends and was teased for her homemade outfits.
- She began rapping at age 14.
IGGY AZALEA CONTROVERSIES
One of the chief complaints against Azalea is that she has swapped her drawly Australian accent for a “blaccent” when she raps. Azalea admitted it was a conscious decision on her part to “sound” Black, saying it would “feel weird” if she rapped in her native Australian accent. “I couldn’t talk in an American accent—I could, but it would sound very fake—but I can rap in one with no problem,”
BRITNEY FEATURED SONG
In a series of tweets about her single with Britney Spears, “Pretty Girls,” Iggy implies that the reason the song didn’t take off was because there wasn’t enough promo. After people accuse her of shade-throwing, she replies, “I don’t have to suck the woman’s asshole 24/7 to be her friend, do I?”
AZALEA BANKS BEEF
As “Fancy” ascended to the top of the charts, Azalea began to receive flak from members of the hip-hop community, including Nicki Minaj, who claimed Azalea was misrepresenting and exploiting rap culture. Among those who came down hardest: rapper Azealia Banks, who took major issue with the four Grammy nominations Azalea received in December 2014.
“When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is: ‘Oh yeah, you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to,” said Banks in an interview with Hot 97. “And it says to black kids: ‘You don’t have s**t.'”
Azalea later responded to Banks’ interview in a series of angry tweets, writing, “Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven’t is because of your piss poor attitude.” Things eventually got so tense and so nasty, that even rappers Q-Tip and T.I. stepped in to defend Banks. In an especially heated moment, Q-Tip tweeted a long history of the origins of hip-hop directed solely at Azalea.