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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Iggy Azalea arrives at The Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Rita Ora perform onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea perform onstage during The Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Iggy Azalea performs at Universal Music Group: Lucian Grainge's 2015 Artist Showcase Presented by American Airlines and Citi at The Ace Hotel on Saturday, Feb 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
Singer Iggy Azalea performs at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Press Day at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Singers Jennifer Hudson, left, and Iggy Azalea perform at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Press Day at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - December 31: *** HOUSE COVERAGE*** Iggy Azalea and Nick Young pictured as Iggy Azalea performs at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas, NV on December 31, 2014. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd. /MediaPunch/IPX
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gabriel Grams/FilmMagic)
Iggy Azalea, left, and Rita Ora perform in concert during the Q102 Jingle Ball at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Charli XCX, left, and Iggy Azalea perform at the KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at the Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Rita Ora, left, and Iggy Azalea perform in concert during the Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball at the Verizon Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 21: Charli XCX (L) and Iggy Azalea perform onstage during Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 at BB&T Center on December 21, 2014 in Miami, FL. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Singer Iggy Azalea attends 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Iggy Azalea (L) and singer Rita Ora perform onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Iggy Azalea attends the 2014 Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball at Verizon Center on December 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Singers Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during Kiss 108's Jingle Ball 2014 at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea performs onstage during KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea attends KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer/songwriter Charli XCX (L) and recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Singer/songwriter Charli XCX (L) and recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer Rita Ora (L) recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artists Rita Ora (L) and Iggy Azalea perform at a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Rita Ora perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Australian singer Iggy Azalea performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, north London, Friday, July 4, 2014. The first festival took place in June 2005 and was staged in Hyde Park. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea, left, and T.I. perform at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on June 27, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea arrives at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Presented by Visit Florida on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fl. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- The Grammys might be out of touch with hip hop, but is hip hop even worried about it?

The Internet is abuzz with talk of a backlash if Iggy Azalea beats Common, Eminem and others to win best rap album Sunday for "The New Classic."

Other artists, though, say the hip-hop community already has a tenuous relationship with the music industry's top honor.

Rapper-writer-producer Rick Ross said the awards fail to recognize the genre's top talents.

"The rap community doesn't feel like the rap Grammy is in touch. Not at all," he said. "This is music that powers from the streets up ... If anything, in the rap categories, that's what should most definitely get recognized. Going to the root of it and not just certain artists, the Iggy Azaleas. I want to congratulate her on all her success, but that doesn't represent the community at large."

Ross spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday before appearing at BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" panel at 1Oak nightclub, where he discussed songwriting with Mannie Fresh (who has written with Ross and Lil Wayne), Ester Dean (Katy Perry, Rihanna), David Hodges (Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson) and Natalie Hemby (Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town). Ross said he most appreciates the Grammy Awards in the songwriting categories.

"I respect the Grammys being a writer," he said. "But me being an artist representing hip hop? No."

Veteran hip-hop producer and performer Fresh says rappers have "this Grammy-curse thing and it's kind of unspoken."

"What it means is: If you get a Grammy, people kind of downplay you. Not (like you) really sold out, but it means your music is kind of watered down," he said "And I've been nominated for Grammys. And believe me, if I would have won, I would have took it!"

At the same time, he said winning a Grammy can make rappers suddenly seem too big for the neighborhood clubs they played before.

"If you get a Grammy, people kind of think you're out of reach, so it kind of hurts you in a way," Fresh said. "It's like, oh now he has a Grammy, he won't be coming back to this (small venue) again."

Still, Fresh doesn't begrudge Azalea her possible win, and says to those who do: "Make a better song than her."

Sean "Diddy" Combs says the Grammys still matter. But he does think Azalea's popularity could give her an edge.

"She has some big records, and people don't realize a lot of people that are the voters, they kind of just know the names that are in the mainstream," he said. "If she worked hard to get where she's gotten, nobody should hate on it. And the only people hating are the ones that are not nominated."

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In this Oct. 24, 2014 photo, Jennifer Lopez, left, and Iggy Azalea perform on stage at CBS Radio's second annual We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. American companies are cashing in on growing demand from women seeking the more curvaceous figures of their favorite stars, like Lopez and Azalea, who regularly flaunt their fuller rear ends. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. American companies are cashing in on growing demand from women seeking the more curvaceous figures of their favorite stars, like Azalea, who regularly flaunt their fuller rear ends. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the Power 105.1's Powerhouse Concert at the Barclays Center in New York. American companies are cashing in on growing demand from women seeking the more curvaceous figures of their favorite stars, like Minaj, who regularly flaunt their fuller rear ends. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
In this Oct. 29, 2014 photo, Jessica Asmar, owner of Feel Foxy, repositions a mannequin wearing a pair of padded panties in the studio at her Katy, Texas warehouse. Asmar says 2014 has been its best year since launching nearly a decade ago. Sales are up 40 percent from a year ago. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
In this Oct. 29, 2014 photo, Jessica Asmar, owner of Feel Foxy, adjusts padded panties on a mannequin in the studio at her Katy, Texas warehouse. Asmar says 2014 has been its best year since launching nearly a decade ago. Sales are up 40 percent from a year ago. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Nicki Minaj poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Nicki Minaj arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Waka Flocka performs at the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park, on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)
Waka Flocka performs at the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park, on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)
Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -4/9/13 - “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member KENYA MOORE shows the hosts some moves from her “Booty Boot Camp” workout DVD on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY RIPA, KENYA MOORE, MICHAEL STRAHAN
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -4/9/13 - “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member KENYA MOORE shows the hosts some moves from her “Booty Boot Camp” workout DVD on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) KENYA MOORE, KELLY RIPA, MICHAEL STRAHAN
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 29: Model Rachel Hilbert, rapper Iggy Azalea and model Elsa Hosk pose for a photo at Victoria's Secret 'PINK Nation Crazy For Campus' bash at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on October 29, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Singer Jennifer Lopez (L) and singer/songwriter Iggy Azalea perform onstage during CBS Radio's We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl (presented by 5 Hour Energy) on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Singer Jennifer Lopez (L) and singer/songwriter Iggy Azalea perform onstage during CBS Radio's We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl (presented by 5 Hour Energy) on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, Kelly Brabants, rear center, leads her "Booty by Brabants" class at The Club by George Foreman III gym in Boston. The class, started by Brabants a year ago, fits in 120 squats in 45 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, Kelly Brabants leads her "Booty by Brabants" class at The Club by George Foreman III gym in Boston. The class, started by Brabants a year ago, fits in 120 squats in 45 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, Kelly Brabants leads her "Booty by Brabants" class at The Club by George Foreman III gym in Boston. The class, started by Brabants a year ago, fits in 120 squats in 45 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, Kelly Brabants, foreground, leads her "Booty by Brabants" class at The Club by George Foreman III gym in Boston. The class, started by Brabants a year ago, fits in 120 squats in 45 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Singer Jennifer Lopez (L) and singer/songwriter Iggy Azalea perform onstage during CBS Radio's We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl (presented by 5 Hour Energy) on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez attends 92nd Street Y Presents: Jennifer Lopez in Conversation with Hoda Kotb at 92nd Street Y on November 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Barbara Kruger And Quentin Tarantino Presented By Gucci at LACMA on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Beyonce Knowles is seen on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Beyoncé Knowles attends the Topshop Topman New York City flagship opening dinner at Grand Central Terminal on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 12: Beyonce performs during the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at the Stade de France on September 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Beyonce performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Beyonce Knowles Poses at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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