Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie World” Hits Big, But Will Oscars Snub It?

Nicki Minaj Barbie World

The Triumph of Barbie

The film Barbie has captured global attention, impressing both moviegoers and critics. It’s now looking like a strong contender for numerous awards at the upcoming Academy Awards, cementing its place as one of the year’s top productions. Integral to the film’s success is its soundtrack, an impressive selection of original music that could make a splash in the Best Original Song Oscar category.

The Hit Song: Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie World”

Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie World,” featuring Ice Spice and Aqua, is a standout success from the Barbie soundtrack. But despite its popularity, it seems destined to be ruled out of contention for the prestigious Oscar race. This exclusion stems from the song’s artistic use of Aqua’s legendary ’90s hit, “Barbie Girl.” Watch below:

Check out another Nicki Minaj and Ice Spices collaboration.

Sampling Genius or Oscar Faux Pas?

“Barbie World” skillfully interpolates Aqua’s classic tune. While musical homage, reinterpretation, and sampling are often lauded in the world of hip-hop, the Oscars tend to view these creative practices less favorably.

Nicki Minaj, a Trinidadian-American rapper, and singer, is renowned for her colorful and provocative persona in hip-hop. Her collaboration with Ice Spice and Aqua on “Barbie World” reflects her tendency to embrace and reinvent iconic songs. Meanwhile, Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” has remained an enduring pop culture fixture since the 1990s. Relive all its bubblegum glory below:

Is “Barbie World” Oscar-worthy?

The question now lingers: does “Barbie World” deserve a place among the Oscars’ esteemed ranks? The answer, it appears, will remain a matter of personal opinion as the song’s prospects for official recognition look dim.

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