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Saudi Arabia Music Fest: Nicki Minaj pulls out of Jeddah Concert

Decision comes after facing criticism from Human Rights Group

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Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia siting support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.

After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” Minaj said in a statement.

“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.”

The rapper was originally scheduled to headline the Arab Festival concert in Jeddah on July 18. The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week, calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show.

Jeddah World Fest, which is in line with Saudi laws being alcohol and drug-free, is to open for people 16 and above. It will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city.

Other performers include former One Direction member Liam Payne and DJ-producer Steve Aoki.

Saudia Arabia Music Fest: Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki, Liam Payne to headline Jeddah event

 

This event marks as Saudi Arabia’s biggest live music festival as part of the high-profile Jeddah Season Festival.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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