The hip-hop sensation decided not to perform at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia due to concerns over the ultraconservative kingdom’s human rights abuses. Minaj said she wanted to show “support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression” after the Human Rights Foundation posted an open letter urging her to rethink the performance.
Who’s left to perform? British singer Liam Payne remains in the lineup — though Minaj’s absence serves a very public blow to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s image.
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