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Published: Wednesday October 8, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday October 13, 2014 MYT 9:02:57 AM

Battle of the booty: JLo vs Nicki Minaj

Booty call: Singer Nicki Minaj at the 31st MTV Video Music Awards in August. Her latest hit single Ananconda celebrates the female posterior. – EPA

Booty call: Singer Nicki Minaj at the 31st MTV Video Music Awards in August. Her latest hit single Ananconda celebrates the female posterior. – EPA

Everywhere you turn, you cannot avoid pop stars shaking what their mama gave them.

The worship of the derriere was in full force this past year. You know it’s “in” when fashion bible Vogue declared that “We’re officially in the era of the Big Booty.”

Curvy girls like Kate Upton have achieved supermodel status, giving the Manolo-wearing waifs a run for their money.

Entertainment Weekly magazine declared this past summer “The Summer of Butts”, while the New York Times discussed buttocks’ appeal in an article titled “For Posterior’s Sake”.

I am no fan of songs celebrating body parts, but everywhere you turn, you cannot avoid pop stars proudly shaking what their mama gave them. From Nicki Minaj’s twerktastic Anaconda to Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s Booty music video, no cheek was left unslapped.

True, the humble hiney is no stranger to celebration. The term “bootylicious” was first coined by rapper Snoop Dogg in 1992; the word’s enduring popularity caused it to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary (defined as ‘(of a woman) sexually attractive’) in 2004.

In 1992, Sir Mix-A-Lot released a single titled Baby Got Back. At the time of its release, the song caused controversy with its blatantly sexual lyrics about women (“I like big butts and I cannot lie/ You other brothers can’t deny”) as well as specific references to the female buttocks which some people found objectionable. The video was briefly banned by MTV.

In 2000, there was Sisqo’s Thong Song (sample lyrics: “She had dumps like a truck truck truck/ Thighs like what what what”). In 2001, Destiny’s Child – helmed by derriere pioneer Beyonce – stormed the charts with Bootylicious (“I don’t think you’re ready for this/ ‘Cause my body’s too bootylicious for ya baby”).

This past summer went above and beyond, prominently featuring ladies’ behinds in TV shows, movies and more than anywhere else, music.

Jason Derulo helped kicked things off in May with his Wiggle song, in which he crooned “You know what to do with that big fat butt.”

The following month, Meghan Trainor made her debut with All About That Bass, which became a viral hit (“Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size/ She says, ‘Boys like a little more booty to hold at night’”).

In early August, Nicki Minaj unveiled the cover art for her Anaconda single; that image cannot be reprinted here as we’re a family-friendly newspaper. Miley Cyrus – no stranger to twerking – became so enamored with Minaj’s tush that she Instagrammed several doctored covers in which her face was photoshopped onto Minaj’s body.

Set in a jungle, the Anaconda video features “Look At Her Butt” T-shirts, a bemused Drake, tons of undulating cheeks and the chorus “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun.”

Minaj didn’t just stop at Anaconda, she proceeded to unleash Bang Bang which also featured Ariana Grande and Jessie J. The song’s first lines goes “She got a body like an hourglass/ But I can give it to you all the time/ She got a booty like a Cadillac/ But I can send you into overdrive.”

Not to be outdone, Jennifer Lopez – whose posterior has long been celebrated – released a track simply called Booty. It was accompanied by a sultry music video, in which her co-star Iggy Azalea declared “the last time the world seen a booty this good, it was on Jenny from the Block.”

The video, crisply shot in shades of grey and black, isn’t as colourful or absurd as Minaj’s. It aims to be seductively highbrow while Minaj’s was campy and cartoonish. But when Lopez and Azalea smack each other’s bottoms – and there’s plenty of that – you can see every oil droplet fly off.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s Taylor Swift and her newest hit Shake It Off (which is my fave song of the summer). In the music video, Swift pokes fun at other pop stars as well as herself, attempting to shake her (bony) behind.

“It seems like in the past when songs like this have become popular, it’s just been one at a time,” said Hillary Busis, Entertainment Weekly staff editor, in a media interview. “That’s what makes this unusual, just because you have so many songs about the same thing coming out at the same time.”

According to Erika Ramirez, associate editor of Billboard.com, this current crop of songs is more about acceptance and appreciation, rather than exploitation. “It says something when it’s women talking about and standing up for their own bodies.”

So while we wait for yet another rump-centric track, excuse me while I shake it all off with J-Lo and company.

When you’re taking a bottom selfie, do you know that it’s called a belfie? Yes, we do learn something new everyday. Send feedback to star2@thestar.com.my.

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