Nicki Minaj has pulled out of her Saudi concert over human rights concerns, the rapper says she is cancelling her set to show support for women’s and LGBTQ rights and freedom of speech. Nicki Minaj was scheduled to headline the Jeddah World Fest, a music and performance festival, on July 18.Saudi Arabia is a conservative kingdom where people in some public places are segregated by gender and same-sex relationships are criminalized.
In a statement released, Nicki said, “After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. 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.”
However, British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki will still perform at the Jeddah World Fest this summer.