Minaj's initial booking for Jeddah World Fest sparked international outcry.
Nicki Minaj has canceled her headlining set at a music festival in Saudi Arabia in a show of support for "the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."
On Tuesday (July 9), the rapper announced that she wouldn't be moving forward with her commitment to Jeddah World Fest, which is set to take place July 18 at King Abdullah Sports Stadium. Liam Payne and Steve Aoki are currently slated to headline the event.
“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," Minaj said in a statement provided to Billboard. "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."