Nicki Minaj Cancels Show Over 'Technical Issues,' Drawing 'Cardi B' Chants from Crowd
Nicki Minaj also canceled a concert Feb. 22 in Bratislava, Slovakia
Nicki Minaj canceled a show in France on Saturday, prompting not only boos from the disappointed crowd, but chants of “Cardi B!”
The “Barbie Dreams” rapper, 36, was slated to play the Arkéa Arena in Bordeaux, but the show was canceled just hours before, after fans had already entered the venue, according to USA Today.
Minaj apologized in an Instagram video, citing technical reasons — the same reason she gave for canceling a Feb. 22 show in Bratislava, Slovakia.
“You guys, it’s not in my best interest not to perform and lose money and aggravate my fans. I love performing for my fans. I’m more excited than you are before the show. These two cities that had technical issues were cities that I’d never been to before, and we tried to add them but they just didn’t have the power in the building to facilitate my show and they didn’t tell us that until three hours before the show, as opposed to once we did sound check, they said it was fine,” she explained in the video.
“But anyway, every artist — every artist — has technical difficulties and have to cancel shows. I want to tell you guys that I love you dearly and I really hope to make it up very soon.”
Still, fans were unhappy with the development, as footage shared to Twitter by concertgoers shows that as soon as the venue’s employees announced the show was off, the crowd erupted in boos and chants of “Cardi B!”
The two New York rappers have a longstanding beef that culminated in a fight at New York Fashion Week in September 2018.
Minaj weighed in on the scuffle — during which Cardi, 26, tore her dress and was seen throwing a shoe in Minaj’s direction — that month, saying she found it “so mortifying.”
“The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon … people who have their life together,” she said during an episode of her Queen radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1.
She also denied ever having spoken ill of Cardi’s young daughter Kulture Kiari.
“I just want people to know that Onika Tanya Maraj has never, will neve r… speak ill on anyone’s child. I am not a clown. That’s clown s—,” Minaj continued, using her full name.
The feud didn’t end there, though; in October of last year, Cardi released 10 expletive-filled Instagram videos and revealed she was considering suing Minaj for “defamation of character.”
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“How you say that I was the wild animal, that I attacked you, that you was mortified, that you was humiliated, playing the victim but now you the gangsta. You need to pick a side,” Cardi said in response to Minaj’s radio episode.
Minaj responded by offering to take a lie detector test to back all of her claims.
“I’ll pay you to take a lie detector test about every claim I made on #QueenRadio. You won’t. I must admit you’re a convincing liar,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “You looked me dead in my face & said you told ya man not to do the “no flags” video cuz I was dissing you. London on da Track got the same call.”
She later appeared to put an end to the fight, writing, “Ok you guys, let’s focus on positive things only from here on out. We’re all so blessed. I know this stuff is entertaining & funny to a lot of people but I won’t be discussing this nonsense anymore,” Minaj posted. “Thank you for the support & encouragement year after year. Love you.”
Cardi then reshared the post on Instagram and added, “Alright then! Let’s keep it positive and keep it pushing!”