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01/20/2015 12:04 pm ET Updated Jan 20, 2015

Iggy Azalea Says Awards Season Helps Her Deal With The Haters

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Winning awards and receiving accolades is one way to brush off the haters. Just ask Iggy Azalea.

Azalea has been on the receiving end of criticism recently from the likes of Azealia Banks and Q-Tip over her use of cultural appropriation in the hip-hop world. But the 24-year-old Australian, who is nominated for four Grammys, including Best New Artist, finds solace in the fact that she keeps winning awards.

"Uh, awards season helps," the "Fancy" rapper told GQ:

Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue. When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, Well, I don't really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice. So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don't care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn't feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it's needed.

Last month, in an interview with Vanity Fair, she said the reason she is criticized so frequently "has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina." She also said that being a white rapper is not a "strange" thing, considering artists throughout history, like Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones, have "basically done black music."

If Azalea's fame disappeared tomorrow, she believes she left a mark on the industry.

"At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change -- that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop," she told GQ. "And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great."

Head over to GQ.com to read Azalea's full interview.

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