Iggy Azalea Was Vetted Before Her Salad Date With Britney Spears in 2016

Britney Spears is an international icon, who rose to fame in the early ’90s for songs like “… Baby One More Time.” Spears quickly became a pop idol, and her star rose even higher after she was linked to fellow superstar Justin Timberlake. Although Spears’ life is more controversial these days, especially following the release of a buzzy documentary that alleges Spears is being restricted by her father, the pop icon is still known and loved by millions of fans all around the world. She has collaborated with many popular artists over the years, including the up and coming rapper Iggy Azalea in 2015. 

(L-R) Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears smiling in front of a white background with repeating logos on a red carpet
(L-R) Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

What is Britney Spears best known for?

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Britney Spears is known to many for her soft, baby-sounding voice, her seductive lyrics and poses, and her problematic relationship with the press. In the early 2000s, when Spears was at the peak of her fame, she was pursued relentlessly by the paparazzi, with photographers often chasing her down when she was in public spaces just to get a good shot of the pop star. The intense scrutiny that Spears suffered as a result of this coverage took a toll, and in 2007, the star suffered a highly-publicized meltdown.

In the years since, Spears has worked hard to repair her public image, getting back to work and release music consistently from 2010 until 2019. She has collaborated with a number of fellow pop stars in recent years, including, most notably, the Australian rapper and singer Iggy Azalea. Their 2015 song “Pretty Girls” was a fan favorite, combining the talents of two unique performers. 

Who is Iggy Azalea?

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Iggy Azalea first burst onto the music scene in 2014, when she released her debut album The New Classic. The album spawned several popular singles, including “Fancy” and “Work.” Azalea’s unique rap stylings and Australian accent made her a subject of fan fascination, and over the years that followed her musical debut, she consistently gained popularity.

Azalea’s personal life received controversy, as did her slew of feuds with other artists — however, her talent always rose to the forefront, and from 2014 through 2016, she collaborated with some of the biggest stars in the business. Her 2015 duet with Britney Spears only served to further enhance her fame. 

Why was Iggy Azalea’s home vetted before Britney Spears came to visit?

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In a March 2016 interview, Iggy Azalea opened up to Andy Cohen on E! about the process of collaborating with Britney Spears on their song, and the weird way that Spears’ team checked her out ahead of time. Azalea admitted that before the two women got down to the business of recording the song, Spears planned to visit her house to enjoy a relaxing lunch date. Still, Spears’ team stopped by before the pop star did: “They came and checked my place to make sure I wasn’t trying to stash anything weird and, like, get it to her or something … to make sure I wasn’t a bad influence. And I’m not. I passed the test! I mean, I don’t have like a crack den.”

Although the song “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a smash hit, it was still a relatively popular song with fans, and to this day, Azalea is a big fan of Spears and her work. It is definitely a possibility that the two could choose to collaborate again sometime in the future.