Nicki Minaj Slams Grammys, Drops Out of BET Events as Network Apologizes for Offensive Post

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Nicki Minaj has dropped out of two scheduled BET events after the network appeared to insult her on social media on Sunday night during the 2019 Grammy Awards.

BET referenced the “Good Form” rapper while congratulating her nemesis Cardi B for her win for best rap album — the first time in history it’s ever been done by a solo female — in a post that read, “Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront.”

Minaj, 36, took offense to the post, prompting her to announce on Monday that she had decided to scrap her appearance at BET Experience and BET Awards later this summer, which Cardi, 26, will also be participating in.

“Young Money will no longer be apart of the BET Experience or award show,” she Tweeted with hearts and a praying hand emoji. “Summer Tour dates dropping soon.”

Minaj also posted photos of the since-deleted post, in addition to reactions from her enraged fans. She followed up her announcement by thanking her fans for their undying love and support.

“I can’t thank you guys enough for all the love & support you continue to show me,” she wrote with heart and unicorn emojis. “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.”

The network has since apologized for the offending post.

“BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward,” representatives for the network told PEOPLE in a statement. “Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry. 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 apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation. We are also conducting an internal audit to assure these types of posts are not published again. We have apologized to Nicki and her team. The post has been removed and we have taken additional appropriate action. We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her. Finally, we apologize to all of her fans. This should have never happened.”

 

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