Nicki Minaj Withdraws From BET Concert; Here’s Why
American rapper, singer-songwriter, actress, and model Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj has pulled out BET concert after network’s tweet. Nicki tweetedshe is cancelling her appearance at the BET Experience Concert in Los Angeles after the network tweeted about her and fellow rapper Cardi B.
It comes after BET tweeted on Sunday that the rapper was “being dragged by her lacefront” following Cardi B’s Grammy win for best rap album.
Acknowledging the fact that they messed up BIG time, BET issued an apology and said the tweet was “unauthorized.” The statement read:
BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry.
And just a couple hours ago, Nicki thanked her fans for their support before saying she’s coming for Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich next. Buckle up.
The debacle comes seven months after Minaj used Twitter to criticize the writer Wanna Thompson for suggesting the rapper should release less “silly” and more “mature content.”
After Thompson posted screenshots of direct messages from Minaj calling her “ugly” and “jealous,” she received thousands of harassing messages across social media from Minaj fans, she told The New York Times.
Thompson was also fired from a job writing for KarenCivil.com soon after the exchange.
Unfortunately the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values. We deeply apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation.
Minaj remains listed on the BET Experience website as a performer at Staple’s Center in Los Angeles on June 21. Cardi, with whom Minaj has publicly feuded over the past year, is scheduled to perform the following night ahead of the BET Awards on June 23.
Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have never exactly been close pals, but in the past, their so-called “beef” has been blown up to epic proportions.
The two rappers first began to be questioned about their apparent rivalry last year when they collaborated on Migos’ track ‘Motorsport’, and fans interpreted the two verses as a feud in rap form.
They shot the rumours down, pointing out that women in music are often pitted against each other for no reason.
We are also conducting an internal audit to assure these types of posts are not published again. We have apologized to Nicki and her team. The post has been removed and we have taken additional appropriate action. We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her. Finally, we apologize to all of her fans. This should have never happened.
Nicki Minaj called the whole affair “so tired”, while Cardi B told Complex that it’s “so annoying. I feel like people wouldn’t even be satisfied even if me and [Nicki] was making out…” she added. “I feel like people just want that drama.”
Rumours of a brewing argument first started to circulate after Nicki Minaj liked a negative comment about Cardi B. On the since-deleted freestyle rap, posted on March 28 last year, one user replied “dumb Ass bars”. Nicki reportedly liked this comment. Uh-oh.
Later in the year, Nicki Minaj was involved in a separate back and forth with Remy Ma; who released the diss track ‘shETHER’. Fairly pointed, the track in question contains the lyric “Fuck Nicki Minaj”. Nicki responded by sharing the sales figures for Remy’s recent track ‘Plato O Plomo’ in a since-deleted post. So far, so standard when it comes to the tradition of diss track etiquette.