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What Does Boujee Mean? Migos Made The Word So Popular

Migos is up for two Moon Person awards at this year's VMAs on Sunday, Aug. 27. "Bad & Boujee" snagged them a nomination in the Best Hip Hop category, and their work on Katy Perry's "Bon Appetit" snagged them a nomination under the Best Art Direction category. "Bad & Boujee" is one of the year's most memorable songs, and the music video is just as good, so it's no wonder Migos is up for a VMA for the song. But what does boujee mean? The "Bad & Boujee" lyrics go:

My b*tch is bad and boujee (bad) Cookin' up dope with a Uzi (blaow)

The lyrics quickly became iconic, and the lyrics "raindrop, drop top" turned into one of the best memes of this year, so thank god for that. According to Urban Dictionary, "boujee" means, "High class, flossin', ballin'. One who possesses swag. Elite, rich." But it's actually a stylized version of the already-stylized word "bougie," which is an abbreviation of the word "bourgeois." And "bourgeois" basically means a group of people who try to adhere to a life of luxury. It's stereotypically used to describe snobby people who spend a lot of time at country clubs. But Migos redefines the word for their own use, and it's part of what made the song so popular.

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In the music video, Migos and a group of women consistently contrast themselves by wearing expensive clothes and drinking champagne while eating ramen in a fast food restaurant. They also eat out of Chanel-labeled fast food containers. That contradictory symbolism is featured throughout the video, and paired with their chosen stylized spelling of "boujee," the video is basically about Migos defining their own type of luxury. Bad, in this case, means good, and boujee doesn't necessarily mean rich people at a country club like the stereotype implies. It's exactly what they want it to be: simplicity and luxury all in one.


You can catch the 2017 VMAs on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. on MTV. Here are some of the VMA nominations:

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) Ariana Grande (Republic Records) The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records) Lorde (Republic Records)

Best New Artist

Khalid (RCA Records) Kodak Black (Atlantic Records) SZA (TDE/RCA Records) Young M.A (3D) Julia Michaels (Republic Records) Noah Cyrus (Records)

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don't Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records) Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

Best Pop 

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records) Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)

Best Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam) Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC) D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee” (300 Entertainment) DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I'm The One” (Epic Records/We The Best)

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope) Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain't Me” (Ultra/Interscope) Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records) Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent) Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Race & LGBTQ) (Def Jam) The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration) (Atlantic Records) Big Sean – “Light” (Race) (Def Jam) Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Body image) (Def Jam) Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment) John Legend – “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate) (Columbia Records)