Nicki Minaj pulls out of BET festival after network mocks her Grammys snub
Last year, Nicki Minaj's fourth album, Queen, was overshadowed by Cardi B's blockbuster debut, Invasion of Privacy. This led to a bitter feud that did not result in any public diss tracks, but did result in Cardi chucking a shoe at Minaj during a Fashion Week party. Her pump missed the target. In the chaos that followed, a security guard accidentally elbowed her, leaving her with a cartoonish lump on her forehead.
On that night, Minaj won the battle, but it looks like Cardi won the war. At Sunday's Grammy Awards, the Bodak Yellow star became the first female rapper to win Best Rap Album. Over the years, Minaj has been nominated for ten Grammys, but never won, and this year she was not nominated at all. As Cardi took the stage to tearfully accept the award, viewers couldn't help but wonder how her peevish arch nemesis would react.
After Cardi B's historic win, BET published a news item on the victory with the shady headline, "Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront." The tweet was quickly deleted, but Minaj's zealous fanbase of 'Barbz' captured screenshots of it for posterity. When the news reached the self-proclaimed Queen, she was not amused, and fired back.
Minaj tweeted an image of BET's crass joke, alongside a fiery statement: "Nicki Minaj didn't revive a whole genre, write her own raps for over a decade, & bring y'all ghetto ass award shows viewers for y'all to disrespect and bully her like this. F*** y'all @BET." And Nicki herself announced, "Young Money will no longer be apart of the BET Experience or award show. ♥️🙏🏽♥️."
Minaj and labelmate Lil' Wayne were scheduled to headline the BET Experience, a four-day music festival built around the network's annual awards show. This year the event takes place from June 21-23 at L.A. Live, and the website still includes Minaj and Wayne as part of their lineup. However, the disclaimer at the bottom states, "talent subject to change," so both acts could still drop out of the festival.
On Twitter, Minaj promised ticketholders refunds and retweeted screenshots of her furious fans spamming BET's Instagram feed. "I can’t thank you guys enough for all the love & support you continue to show me," she wrote to the Barbz. "To everyone who said something sweet, thank you. Whether I read it or not, I felt it. From the bottom of my heart. I love you so much. So so so soooo much. Stay tuned."
In a follow-up tweet, Minaj implied that she doesn't have an award because she pissed off Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich. Last week, Nicki's BFF, Ariana Grande, backed out of appearing at the event due to a disagreement with producers over which songs to perform. On Twitter, she specifically slammed Ken Ehrlich, calling him a 'liar' for his comments during an Associated Press interview.
Hopefully the two talented femmce's can stop feuding, and start collaborating more.