MTV VMAs 2021: Did Nicki Minaj pull out of show due to husband's legal troubles?
The 38-year-old award-winning emcee, who has performed on MTV VMAs several times in the past, decided not to hit the stage this year
A week after Lorde canceled her performance on MTV VMAs 2021, it is now Nicki Minaj who pulled out of the coveted award show. The ‘Pink Friday’ hitmaker made the big revelation while reverting to a fan during a QnA session on Twitter over the weekend that she won’t be performing this year.
The 38-year-old award-winning emcee, who has performed on MTV VMAs several times in the past, decided not to hit the stage this year but she promised that she will be back again next year. Nicki also decided not to share the reason behind her big decision saying that she will explain it some other day. MTV’s rep has so far not commented on the situation. Nicki Minaj’s decision to pull out of VMAs comes at the same time when her husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in a case related to 1995.
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Why is Nicki Minaj not performing at MTV VMAs 2021?
Taking it to her Twitter, Nicki dropped the bomb on Friday, September 10. When a fan asked if she was performing at MTV VMAs 2021 or not, the multi-platinum recording artist stated, “I just pulled out. I’ll explain why another day. But I love those guys at MTV. thank you Bruce. I love you so much. Next year we there baby.” Though she did not say, many assumed her decision comes due to husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty’s legal troubles. Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape. After the case opened, Nicki’s husband ended up in jail for four years. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. Petty was later also charged for not registering for which he took a plea deal.
Speaking of the award show, the ceremony will be hosted by Doja Cat from Barclays Center, New York City on September 12. Foo Fighters will be honored with Global Icon Award whereas, Justin Bieber, who had a stellar run on the charts in 2021, is leading the pack of nominations with seven nods. Following closely is Megan Thee Stallion with six nods whereas, teen sensation Billie Eilish managed to score five nominations. To celebrate the 40th edition of MTV VMAs, the Moon Person trophy has been redesigned by Kehinde Wiley.
I just pulled out. I’ll explain why another day. But I love those guys at MTV. thank you Bruce. I love you so much. Next year we there baby. https://t.co/QkueA9fcOu— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 9, 2021
‘We need you to bless the stage’ say fans
A few social media users spoke about Nicki dropping out of the award ceremony. One said, “I speak for all of us when i say we do not care.” Whereas, another posted, “Watch Nicki Minaj try to say she pull out of the VMA’s because she wanted the light to be on the other Female Artist! She really corny.” The next one tweeted, “#vma is nothing without the Queen. [email protected] when we getting the Documentary. I am only paying for #HBOMax just to see you Chile.”
Meanwhile, one said, “With @lorde and @NICKIMINAJ pulling out of their @vmas performances last minute, I hope that @MTV gives @bigtimerush’s performance three times the screen time.” And, another concluded, “@NICKIMINAJ now Nick u no damn well…. We need u to bless the stage! When the last time u bless a award show & our tv screen???? & u pulled out the VMA’s.”
I speak for all of us when i say we do not care— NEVERBROKEAGAIN (@KrashKoot) September 9, 2021
Watch Nicki Minaj try to say she pull out of the VMA’s because she wanted the light to be on the other Female Artist! 😂She really corny— Am I (@Kinglid131) September 11, 2021