Nicki Minaj has cancelled her headline appearance at the BET Experience festival
The star was offended by a misjudged – and since deleted – tweet posted by US entertainment channel BET during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night which said she was “being dragged by her lacefront” after her rival Cardi B won the prize for best rap album.
Tweeting after the wig-based quip, Nicki said: “Young Money will no longer be a part of the BET Experience or award show. Summer Tour dates dropping soon.”
Now, the company has issued an apology and insisted that the post “should never have been written”
.@NickiMinaj announces that she and Young Money are pulling out of BET Awards following shady social media posts from the music channel claiming the rapper was “being dragged by her lace front” after @IamCardiB’s #GRAMMYs win for Best Rap Album. pic.twitter.com/656Uc5aZBI
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 11, 2019
In a statement, BET Networks said that it has supported Nicki “from the very beginning” and added: “Unfortunately, the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written.
“The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values.
“We deeply apologise for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation.”
BET added that it is “conducting an internal audit” over the incident, and said that it has apologised privately to both the rapper and her team, while the post has been deleted.
The network added: “We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her.
“Finally, we apologise to all her fans. This should have never happened.”
— BET (@BET) February 12, 2019
Before the apology, Nicki shared a lot of messages from fans slamming BET for its joke, and even encouraged one follower to ask for a refund for the festival in June
She added: “I can’t thank you guys enough for all the love & support you continue to show me. 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 (sic).”
Author: BANG Showbiz