What's streaming now: Drake, 'Fair Play,' Assassin’s Creed Mirage and William Friedkin's last film
This week’s new streaming entertainment releases include an album by Drake and another by Reba McEntire playing acoustic covers, the corporate thriller “Fair Play” starring Phoebe Dynevor from “Bridgerton,” and “Jane the Virgin” scene-stealer Jaime Camil hosts a new game show on CBS called “Lotería Loca.”.
Delfonics lead singer William 'Poogie' Hart dead at 77
William “Poogie” Hart, a founder of the Grammy-winning trio the Delfonics who helped write and sang a soft lead tenor on such classic “Sound of Philadelphia” ballads as “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” has died at age 77.
DA: 6ix9ine's bodyguards broke man's phone after wild chase
Prosecutors say bodyguards for troubled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine turned New York City into the Wild West last summer, piling into SUVs and chasing a man for 20 blocks with lights flashing after he attempted to record cellphone video of the recording star.
Lawsuit filed over hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj's father
FILE - In this Monday, May 6, 2019, file photo, Nicki Minaj attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York. Minajs mother has filed a $150 million lawsuit against the man who is accused of killing the rapper's father in a hit-and-run crash in February 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)MINEOLA, N.Y. – Rapper Nicki Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, has filed a $150 million lawsuit against the man who is accused of killing Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run crash last month, an attorney for Maraj said. Ad“He was not only irresponsible and negligent, but more concerned about running away and hiding than seeking help,” Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys representing Carol Maraj, said in an Instagram post Friday. Nicki Minaj, who was born Onika Tanya Maraj, has not made any public statement on her father's death.
Still divisive, Dr. Luke resurges at Grammys — as Tyson Trax
Dr. Luke appeared as Tyson Trax on the Grammy ballot for Doja Cat's Say So," which he produced and co-wrote. But not all of the academy members may have been aware they were voting for Dr. Luke when they completed their ballots this year. Ad“I didn’t know that Tyson Trax was Dr. Luke. AdTogether, Martin and Dr. Luke crafted hits for Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Pink and Kesha, who he signed in 2005. Eventually Dr. Luke stepped into the forefront, helming successes for Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, logging 17 No.
Man arrested in hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj's father
The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in New York, police said. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, FIle)MINEOLA, N.Y. – A 70-year-old man arrested Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of rapper Nicki Minaj’s father stopped briefly to ask the injured man if he was OK but didn't call for help, police said. Charles Polevich faces charges of leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death last week of 64-year-old Robert Maraj on New York's Long Island. In interviews, she said Robert Maraj suffered from drug addiction and was abusive toward her mother, once setting fire to their house with her inside. Robert Maraj called his daughter's claims “exaggerated.”
Police say Nicki Minaj's father killed by hit-and-run driver
FILE - Nicki Minaj attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, in this Monday, May 6, 2019, file photo. The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in New York, police said. Maraj was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)MINEOA, N.Y. – The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in New York, police said. Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and was raised in the New York City borough of Queens.
Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalía win big
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)NEW YORK – A year after Rosalía made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year — a category dominated by male acts — on Thursday night with “Un Canto Por México, Vol. Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and featured a number of performances, most of them pre-taped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off the Latin Grammys with a strong message about Latin music. Speaking in Spanish and English, he said Latin music “unites all of us and makes us human.”“This is our night,” he added.
J Balvin, Bad Bunny set for big night at Latin Grammys
This combination photo shows Natalia Lafourcade, left, and Rosalia. A year after Rosalia made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show, taking home the album of the year honor on Nov. 19, 2020, for "Un Canto Por Mxico, Vol.
J Balvin, Bad Bunny set for big night at Latin Grammys
FILE - Singer J Balvin performs during the Coca-Cola Flow Reggaeton festival in Mexico City on Nov. 23, 2019. Latin trap kings Bad Bunny and J Balvin have a chance of winning the top honors at the Latin Grammy Awards. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme, File)NEW YORK – A year after they were shut out of major categories, Latin trap kings Bad Bunny and J Balvin have a chance of winning the top honors at the Latin Grammy Awards. It's a far cry from the 2019 Latin Grammys, where popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as Balvin, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Karol G, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Maluma and more were dissed in top categories like album, song and record of the year. Bad Bunny will perform from San Juan, Anitta will sing from Rio de Janeiro and Pitbull will be joined by frontline workers to honor their courageous work during the coronavirus pandemic.
BTS, Lady Gaga win top awards at MTV Europe Music Awards
FILE - Korean pop band BTS attends the 2019 Variety's Hitmakers Brunch in West Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2019. The South Korean boy band BTS HAS won a leading four awards including best song for Dynamite and best group at the MTV Europe Music Awards Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 while Lady Gaga took home the best artist prize. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
BTS, Lady Gaga win top awards at MTV Europe Music Awards
The South Korean boy band BTS HAS won a leading four awards including best song for Dynamite and best group at the MTV Europe Music Awards Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 while Lady Gaga took home the best artist prize. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)The South Korean pop group BTS won a leading four awards including best song for “Dynamite” and best group at the MTV Europe Music Awards Sunday night, while Lady Gaga took the best artist prize. Coldplay won best rock, Haley Williams got best alternative and Little Mix was named best pop. And the best Latin award went to Karol G, who also won best collaboration for “Tusa” featuring Nicki Minaj. David Guetta, who won best electronic, also performed at the show from a stage in Budapest.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine's kidnapper is sentenced to 24 years
NEW YORK – A man convicted in the kidnapping of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday by a judge who cited his leadership role in a gang active nationwide. During a two-hour proceeding, the judge repeatedly cited the July 2018 kidnapping of Tekashi 6ix9ine and Ellison’s slashing of another man’s face that left him permanently disfigured. After his own arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine — whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez — pleaded guilty and became a cooperator. He described the kidnapping, saying Ellison and another man forced him into a stolen car at gunpoint. In 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine had a multiplatinum hit song, “Fefe,” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No.
Drake bests Aretha Franklin, Wonder to set Billboard record
1 hit on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, Drake has bested a record previously held by icons Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Drake's “Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring rapper Lil Durk, reached the No. Wonder and Franklin, who died in 2018, each have had 20 songs top the chart. 1 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, 12 include him in the leading role, including “God’s Plan,” “In My Feelings,” “Hotline Bling,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Best I Ever Had,” his first major hit released in 2009. Earlier this year, 34-year-old Drake made Billboard chart history when he set a new record for most songs on the Hot 100 chart — Billboard's main songs chart that includes all music genres.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
J Balvin performs during the Coca-Cola Flow Reggaeton festival in Mexico City on Nov. 23, 2019, from left, Ozuna performs at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2019 and Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.
End of the runway? Fashion world mulls post-COVID future
Fashion designer Gareth Pugh poses for a photograph in front of his creations, exhibited ahead of his London Fashion Week show in London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. This is no typical year, though, and London Fashion Week is decidedly less glamorous. “This is not a full-blown fashion week - it’s not mass audiences. It’s very much happening in private and the scales have tipped in favor of digital,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, which organizes London Fashion Week. Even before the virus outbreak, brands had been experimenting with technology to get to broader audiences by streaming shows online.
Nicki Minaj announces she's pregnant with 1st child
NEW YORK Nicki Minaj has a new release coming soon: her first child. The rapper took to Instagram on Monday to announce she is pregnant, posting photos of herself with a baby bump. Musically, Minaj has also had a winning year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice. Her remix of Doja Cat's Say So" helped Minaj achieve her first-ever No. 1 on the Hot 100, despite releasing multiple hits throughout her career.
Megan Thee Stallion says she was shot, expects to recover
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Megan Thee Stallion arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J.. The rapper says she was shot multiple times, but expects to fully recover. The 25-year-old said in an Instagram post Wednesday that she had gunshot wounds from a crime committed against her Sunday with the intent to harm her and feels lucky to be alive. She did not say who shot her or why, and Los Angeles police had no immediate comment. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Megan Thee Stallion says she was shot, expects to recover
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Megan Thee Stallion arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J.. The rapper says she was shot multiple times, but expects to fully recover. The 25-year-old said in an Instagram post Wednesday that she had gunshot wounds from a crime committed against her Sunday with the intent to harm her and feels lucky to be alive. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Wednesday that she was shot multiple times on Sunday, but expects to fully recover. Lee said the Instagram post has been pointed out to the detectives in the case, who are looking into it.
Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home
This aerial photo taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. Authorities say three men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the home-invasion death of the rising rapper. (Fox11 News KTTV-TV via AP)
Police: 5 arrested in Los Angeles death of rapper Pop Smoke
LOS ANGELES Three men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the February home-invasion death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles, police said Thursday. The 20-year-old New York, rapper whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson was killed Feb. 19 at a home in the Hollywood Hills. A 911 call from a friend of someone in the house reported armed intruders inside the home, police previously said. Authorities did not initially believe the rapper's death was related to a robbery. Earlier this year, he released the album Meet the Woo 2, which debuted at No.
Nicki Minaj Sings in Spanish in New Single 'Tusa' With Karol G -- Watch!
Nicki Minaj and Karol G are closing out the year with a new song together, "Tusa." The bilingual track and music video dropped on Thursday and it sees Minaj flexing her Spanish-language skills. This sort of partnership is something Karol G thought was untenable growing up. I grew up watching anglo artists and thinking they were so unreacheable," Karol told ET earlier this year. For more on Karol G, watch the video below.
Nicki Minaj's Husband Kenneth Petty Buys Her a Reported $1.1 Million Ring
On Wednesday, Nicki Minaj posted pics of her and new husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty in their creepy Halloween costumes, while also noting that they got their wedding rings. In a selfie video posted to her Instagram, both Minaj and Petty further addressed those wondering if she bought her own wedding ring. Staying in character as the Bride of Chucky, Minaj asks Chucky, aka Petty, "Everybody said that you secured the bag, you married a multi-millionaire and you secured the bag. "You know I just cut somebody's mother f**king finger off for that ring," 41-year-old Petty, as Chucky, responds in character. Here's more with the happy couple: Nicki Minaj Reveals She's Married on Instagram | The Download Embed Code RestartRELATED CONTENT:Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty Are Married!
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Marries Designer Melody Ehsani
Hey, oh, listen what we say, oh... Flea is a married man! The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist (real name: Michael Peter Balzary) announced via Instagram on Tuesday that he said "I do" to his girlfriend, fashion designer Melody Ehsani, over the weekend. Flea shared a stunning shot from their special day. My wife @melodyehsani "Melody shared an additional wedding photo to her own page, writing, "This weekend I got to marry my best friend. RELATED CONTENT:Charlize Theron Says She 'Never Wanted to Get Married,' Tearfully Talks Her KidsNicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty Are Married!
Did Nicki Minaj Just Reveal She and Kenneth Petty Got Married?
Is Nicki Minaj a newly married woman?! The 36-year-old rapper took to Instagram Monday night to share a video that seemingly suggested she tied the knot with 41-year-old Kenneth "Zoo" Petty. The brief video, which Minaj captioned, " 102119," showed two cups and two hats, laid next to each other on a table. This is the first marriage for Minaj, who has previously dated rappers Meek Mill and Safaree. Since confirming their romance, she's defended Petty multiple times, after some fans have criticized their relationship due to his past.
Nicki Minaj made up story about collaborating with Adele
(CNN) - Nicki Minaj has some imagination. After saying she was collaborating on a song and a video with Adele, it turns out she made the whole thing up. The "Monster" rapper told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday that she was working with Adele on a song, adding that she was super excited about the two hooking up. "Adele made me swear to secrecy that I'm not allowed to tell anyone that I'm working with her," Minaj said. "Omg guys," Minaj tweeted Wednesday with laughing emojis, "I thought everyone could clearly see I was being sarcastic."
Nicki Minaj, Adele collaborating on song
(CNN) - Nicki Minaj has revealed she and Adele have teamed up on a song. "Yes and yes, yes and yes, wooo hoo!" Minaj told "Entertainment Tonight" when asked if she and Adele were working on anything or considering collaborating in the near future. "But Adele made me swear to secrecy that I'm not allowed to tell anyone that I'm working with her. Minaj didn't share any more information about the song or video, but the collaboration could be part of Adele's upcoming album.
Nicki Minaj Teases Wedding Plans and Reveals Why She Doesn't Care About the 'Hoopla'
ET's Keltie Knight spoke with the 36-year-old rapper at the launch party for her new fashion line, Fendi Prints On, and she detailed her plans to tie the knot with Kenneth Petty. "The big wedding and all that stuff, that will happen, but just not at this moment." The things Minaj alluded to include collaborations with Adele and Ariana Grande as well as her Fendi collection, which is based off of a line in her song, "Chun-Li." RELATED CONTENT: Nicki Minaj Says Her Retirement Tweet Was 'Insensitive' and 'Abrupt' Embed Code RestartNicki Minaj Reveals New Adele Collaboration: 'It's an Epic Song!' Nicki Minaj's Capsule With This Luxury Fashion Label Is So ExtraNicki Minaj Clarifies Her 'Abrupt & Insensitive' Retirement Tweet
BTS says decision to hold concert in Saudi Arabia wasn't easy
In July, BTS attracted criticism after they announced an Oct. 11 show in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, same-sex sexual activity is illegal, public spaces are mostly segregated by gender and women's rights remain restricted. Why is Saudi Arabia inviting international pop stars? This year, Mariah Carey held her own concert in Saudi Arabia, despite backlash from women's rights activists. Last week, Saudi Arabia announced a new scheme that allows 49 different countries to get a visa on arrival.
Kim Petras Gets Even Spookier With 'Turn Off the Light Vol. 2' Ahead of New '
After releasing Turn Off the Light Vol. I have a really dedicated fandom for Turn Off the Light Vol. I definitely have some features that I cant talk about, but theres none on Turn Off the Light Vol. But Im doing stuff with other artists and Im really excited about the next couple of months. I've never performed anything off of Turn Off the Light Vol.
Nicki Minaj's Capsule With This Luxury Fashion Label Is So Extra
Nicki Minaj has teamed up with Fendi. The rapper is set to release a capsule collection in collaboration with the Italian luxury design house online and at select boutiques on Oct. 14. The range will embody Fendi's signature "FF" logo-laden pieces and Minaj's statement-making style. She shared a sneak peek of the collection with photos from the campaign, shot by Steven Klein, on Instagram. RELATED CONTENT:NYFW: Shop Exact Outfits Gigi Hadid, Zendaya & More Stars WoreLisa Rinna, Erika Jayne & More 'RHOBH' Cast Members Walk in Kyle Richards' First Fashion Show (Exclusive)NYFW Fashion Show: Zendaya Is a '70s Siren For Her Tommy Hilfiger Collection
Nicki Minaj Clarifies Her 'Abrupt & Insensitive' Retirement Tweet
After publicly declaring she had decided to retire & have my family with her husband-to-be, Kenneth Petty, on Twitter this week, Nicki Minaj is seemingly backtracking slightly. Minaj, 36, has since deleted her original tweet and gave fans some reassurance on Thursday night when they asked about the rumors. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 6, 2019This video always makes me cry chile, Minaj commented. For more from Minaj, watch the clip below:RELATED CONTENT:Nicki Minaj Sends Fans Into a Frenzy With Retirement Tweet -- Is She Really Quitting the Game? Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Past Abusive Relationship: 'I Remember Being So Afraid'Nicki Minaj Planning to Marry Kenneth Petty Within 80 Days: Im Very Happy
Nicki Minaj announces retirement to 'have my family'
Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards. She was nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, but lost to Cardi B.BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Forget "Pink Friday." It looks to be a blue Thursday for Nicki Minaj fans. The rapper and singer has Tweeted that she's chosen to retire and "have my family." Minaj recently told listeners of her "Queen Radio" show that she and boyfriend Kenneth Perry had applied for a marriage license and would be wed in "about 80 days."
Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Past Abusive Relationship: 'I Remember Being So Afraid'
Nicki Minaj is getting candid about her past experiences in an abusive relationship. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019I rlly used to think love had to hurt. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019But I first had to learn how to love MYSELF. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019She also offered her followers a list of signs to know if you or someone you know may be in an abusive relationship. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019Nicki Minaj is currently in a relationship with Kenneth Petty, who she shared she plans to marry on Queen Radio last month.
Miley Cyrus to Perform at 2019 VMAs Following Liam Hemsworth Breakup
Miley Cyrus is getting ready to take the VMAs stage! During the provocative performance, Cyrus came out in a teddy bear onesie and later stripped down to a flesh-toned, latex bikini. A source recently told ET that Hemsworth, who recently filed for divorce, decided to do so because he realized that it's "time to move on." The 2019 MTV VMAs will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. RELATED CONTENT:Here's Everyone Who Will Be Performing at the MTV VMAs 2019MTV VMAs 2019: How to Watch ET Live on the Red Carpet and More2019 MTV VMAs: A Look Back at Missy Elliott's Best Music Videos!
Nicki Minaj Planning to Marry Kenneth Petty Within 80 Days: Im Very Happy
Nicki Minaj is getting ready to tie the knot with Kenneth Petty! The 36-year-old rapper shared the exciting news on her Queen Radio show on Monday, revealing that she expected to be married in around 80 days. [We] filed for the marriage license and we still had to pick it up and I was traveling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again, she explained. She confirmed the couple had obtained their first marriage license in June, gushing about her happiness on her radio show, which is part of Apple Musics Beats 1. RELATED CONTENT:Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Arabia Show in Support of Gay and Womens RightsNicki Minaj Says She and Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Got a Marriage License -- Are They Tying the Knot?
Megan Thee Stallion Teases 'Amazing' Upcoming Collab with Lizzo (Exclusive)
After teaming up with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign for "Hot Girl Summer" which dropped just days ago, Megan Thee Stallion already has a collaboration with Lizzo in the works. I love Lizzo," Megan said, referring to a number of Instagram pics showing the two Houston-based artists living their best life, drinking hard from the bottle and twerking to classical and jazz flute tunes. As for her instant-hit "Hot Girl Summer" -- a viral term Megan herself is credited with coining a year ago -- the rapper explained exactly what she thinks having a Hot Girl Summer is all about. "Having a Hot Girl Summer is basically just about confidence. RELATED CONTENT:Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion Enjoy a Hot Girl Summer Day Together | The Downlow(d)Lizzo Is Ready to Be the Next 'Bachelorette' -- With One NSFW ConditionLizzo Reveals Why She's 'So Excited' to Play for 'Her People' at the BET Awards (Exclusive)
Saudi Arabian women allowed to hold passports, travel independently
Getty ImagesRIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be allowed to hold passports and travel abroad without the consent of a male guardian, a policy shift that marks a significant loosening of the Kingdom's notorious restrictions on women. The new amendment was approved on Thursday by the Saudi Cabinet, and will allow all Saudi women to apply for passports "like all citizens" and for women aged 21 and above to travel independently, according to a statement from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Information. Some of these reforms are part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernize Saudi Arabia and relax the conservative social code. Saudi Arabia follows a strict form of Wahhabi Islam that bans the mixing of sexes at public events, with gendered rules enforced by religious police. The fight for Saudi women's rights has even penetrated the entertainment industry -- in July, rapper Nicki Minaj backed out of a concert in Saudi Arabia after pressure from fans and human rights organizations.
Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Arabia Show in Support of Gay and Womens Rights
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she said she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show. We are grateful to Nicki Minaj for her inspiring and thoughtful decision to reject the Saudi regime's transparent attempt at using her for a public relations stunt," said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation. "The July 18 festival in Saudi Arabia still shows Liam Payne as a performer," Halvorssen said. Nicki Minaj Addresses Second Concert Cancellation as Fans Chant 'Cardi B'
Nicki Minaj cancels concert at Saudi Arabian music festival
(CNN) - The Human Rights Foundation is applauding Nicki Minaj's decision to back out of a concert in Saudi Arabia. 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. "Saudi Arabia I see some of your comments & I want to respond directly to my fans," the photo reads, "Voice your opinions here." "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," she said.