Future, 50 Cent and More to Perform in Saudi Arabia After Nicki Minaj Dropped Out of Festival Lineup
On Wednesday (July 17), organizers for the Jeddah World Fest in Saudia Arabia posted flyers for the updated line-up for the concert, which goes down today. In addition to Hendrix and Fif, Chris Brown, Tyga and even Janet Jackson are also set to perform.
Artists who've chosen to perform in Saudi Arabia have faced criticism because of reports of alleged human rights violations the government has facilitated in the past. Nicki Minaj is one such artist.
Upon the announcement of her headlining set at Jeddah World Fest, the New York rapper immediately faced criticism. The Human Rights Foundation based in her home state issued an open letter to Minaj, in which they asked the Queen spitta to pull out of the show. The foundation educated her on the purported blatant civil rights violations and unfair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by the country's "absolute monarchy." Afterward, she confirmed that she will no longer headline the show.
“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," the Young Money rapper told the Associated Press on July 9. "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."
As of this report, all the announced artists will still perform at the festival. Check out the festival's announcement posts below.
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