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05/27/2015 10:45 am ET Updated May 27, 2015

Thousands Petition Billboard To Retract Iggy Azalea's Top Rap Song Win

Thousands of people are asking for Billboard to strip Iggy Azalea of the Top Rap Song title she won at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Tennessee resident Christian Ferguson launched a Change.org petition last week claiming that Azalea is ineligible for the Billboard Music Award honor for "Fancy" because the song was released last February:

The eligibility time period for nominations is March 10th, 2014 through March 2015. "Fancy" was released on February 17th, 2014, nearly a month before the eligibility starting. This is unfair to the other nominees in these category, especially to "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj, who most likely would've won. Billboard did not follow their own guidelines and should have to recalculate these nominations without "Fancy" as a nominee.

More than 17,000 people have signed the petition against Azalea, but it's probably all for naught.

The eligibility period for the 2015 BBMAs extended from March 10, 2014, to March 8, 2015. Nominees were chosen based on chart activity during that period, as well as album and digital song sales, radio plays, streams, touring and social media chatter.

Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, made history when it rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for seven consecutive weeks. It was also named Billboard's Song of the Summer. That means a whole lot of sales, plays and streams well after the BBMAs' March 10, 2014, start date.

The Australia native beat out Big Sean, Nicki Minaj and Bobby Shmurda for the Top Rap Song win. She also took home the awards for Top Streaming Artist and Top Rap Artist.

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