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Iggy Azalea - Rapper, Songwriter, Model ~ Biography

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Azalea left for the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip hop music, first residing in Miami, Florida, and then other parts of the southern United States, including Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. She first gained recognition after the music videos for her controversial songs “Pu$$y” and “Two Times”, went viral on YouTube. In September 2011, she released her debut mixtape Ignorant Art and subsequently aligned herself with Atlanta-based rapper T.I.. In March 2012, T.I. announced Azalea’s signing to his record label imprint Grand Hustle. In July 2012, she released an EP executive-produced by T.I., titled Glory. After being signed by Wilhelmina Models, she began work modeling and was announced as the “New Face of Levi Jeans”. Also in 2012, Azalea became both the first female and the first non-American rapper to be featured on XXL’s annual Top 10 Freshmen cover issue.

After label conflicts, her debut studio album The New Classic was finally released on 21 April 2014, under Virgin EMI and Def Jam Recordings. The album debuted among the top five of several charts worldwide and received generally mixed reviews. The album spawned five singles, “Work”, “Bounce”, “Change Your Life” (featuring T.I.), “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) and Black Widow (featuring Rita Ora). “Fancy” went on to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Azalea becoming only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. Additionally, with Azalea featured on Ariana Grande’s single “Problem”, which rose to number two on the Hot 100, the same week “Fancy” topped the chart, Azalea joined The Beatles as the only acts to rank at numbers one and two simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits. Additionally, Azalea went on to pass Lil’ Kim as the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and moved into a tie for fifth place among lead women who have scored the longest commands on the Hot 100 this decade.

In pursuit of her desire to move to America, Azalea dropped out of high school. 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. She also said she had no friends and was teased for her homemade outfits. Azalea travelled to the United States in 2006, right before she turned 16. She told her parents she was going “on a holiday” with a friend, but eventually decided to stay and shortly afterwards told them she was not coming back home:
“I was drawn to America because I felt like an outsider in my own country, I was in love with hip hop, and America is the birthplace of that, so I figured the closer I was to the music, the happier I’d be. I was right.

Throughout her career, Iggy Azalea has been nominated for numerous major music awards. In 2014, she received two American Music Awards in the Rap/Hip-Hop categories, along with four more nominations, and one MTV Video Music Award for her collaboration with Ariana Grande, along with seven more nominations, making her the most nominated artist at these respective award show editions. She has also won three Teen Choice Awards and one MTV Europe Music Award. Azalea won the 2014 ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist and the 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist.
In 2015Iggy  Azalea also led the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations with five. She received twelve nominations at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Discography:
The New Classic (2014)

Tours
Headlining

The New Classic Tour (2014)
The Great Escape Tour (2015)
Featured act

XXL Freshmen Live Tour (2012)
Tyga – MTV Jams Presents: Closer To My Dreams Tour (2012)
Rita Ora – MTV Presents: The ORA Tour (2012)
Rita Ora – Radioactive Tour (2013)
Nas – Life Is Good Tour (2013)
Beyoncé – The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013)

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