Nicki commented on the situation saying, “After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest.”
She also explains, “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.”
Steve Aoki and Liam Payne confirmed for Jeddah World Fest
Despite her backing out, the music festival will go on. EDM superstar Steve Aoki and Liam Payne, the man behind hits like “Familiar” and “Slow” are confirmed with headline slots. Jeddah World Fest will be announcing their second wave of artists this week.
Nicki Minaj backs out in the wake of cultural backlash
There’s been a lot of backlash against Nicki Minaj since announcing her participaton. It’s quite evident on social media too. A lot of Twitter users in Saudi Arabia find her style culturally inappropriate. These tweets express the situation:
It was canceled because the whole popularity of Saudi Arabia refused to accept you!
Love you but out of all the places in this world, why even agree on doing a show in Saudi Arabia in the first place? No disrespect but what you bring to the table has absolutely nothing in common with the lifestyle and culture there 😂