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Iggy Azalea brings her brand of hip-hop to Washington State Fair

Australian hip-hop sensation Iggy Azalea will play the Washington State Fair Sept. 22.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Azalea left the land down under at 16 to pursue her music career. After arriving in the United States in 2006, she became a protege of rapper T.I.

A couple of viral videos later and she shot to the top with No. 1 hit single “Fancy” with Ariana Grande, and No. 2 hit “Problem.” The video for “Fancy” has half a billion views on YouTube.

But success brings detractors. Azalea is young, female, white and foreign. Those qualifiers have made her a frequent target of other rappers, most notably Snoop Dogg. Most complaints revolve around an assumed lack of knowledge of rap, cultural appropriation and even her appearance.

Snoop also has been critical of Seattle rapper Macklemore. But the feud is now apparently over with Snoop apologizing and saying that both Macklemore and Azalea “have soul.”

Meanwhile, like any savvy music star, Azalea is parlaying her success into other ventures. She is a model and was announced recently as the face of Levi’s “Go Forth” campaign. She also appeared in the recently released “Furious 7” movie.

Tickets for the Sept. 22 Azalea concert are $85 Golden Circle, $70 and $55, and include fair admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, or by phone 888-559-3247 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the fair’s box office at Ninth Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Online orders are subject to processing fees and a $2-per-ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here’s more on Azalea from the announcement:

Australian-born musician, Iggy Azalea had a love of rap music from the time she was 14 years old. Born on June 7, 1990, as Amethyst Amelia Kelly, she felt her name did not fit with the hip-hop sound she loved. She changed her first name to Iggy, named after her dog Iggy Pop, and her last name of Azalea, which is the name of the street where she grew up in Sydney. Her passion was so intense that she decided to move to America to pursue her dream at 16, even though she had not completed school. She resided in various cities in the U.S. on a visa waiver for six years, leaving the country every three months to renew it.

Iggy first gained recognition after two videos went viral on YouTube. By March 2012 she released an EP executive-produced by T.I. by the name of Glory. She became both the first female and first non-American rapper to be featured on XXL’s annual Top 10 Freshmen cover issue.

The year 2013 included Iggy opening for Rita Ora’s Radioactive Tour, as well as supporting Beyonce on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Her long-awaited debut studio album was released in April 2014 under the Virgin EMI and Def Jam Recordings. It debuted in the top five of several charts worldwide, and produced five popular singles, “Work,” “Bounce,” “Change Your Life,” “Fancy,” and “Black Widow.” “Fancy” reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Iggy was featured on Ariana Grande’s single, “Problem,” which hit No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart — the same week that “Fancy” went to No. 1. She joins The Beatles as the only acts to rank in No. 1 and 2 positions simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits. Her footwear collaboration with Steve Madden was unveiled in February.

Two more acts will be announced in the near future for the Washington State Fair’s 2015 Columbia Bank Concert Series.