Coordinators of the current month's Jeddah World Fest summer music celebration announced that artist Nicki Minaj will be the feature demonstration which shows that generalizations about Saudi Arabia are "vanishing" and the kingdom "acknowledges everybody", as human rights gatherings and pundits approach the rapper to pull out of the occasion, according to a media outlet. Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago and brought up in New York, will feature in the Jeddah World Fest unrecorded music celebration in the Saudi city on July 18.
As indicated by the event’s site, the occasion - which will happen at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium - will be "one of the greatest music occasions at any point organized in the Middle East."
Other performers reported so far include British former One Direction singer Liam Payne, American musician Steve Aoki and CLUB MTV Ambassadors R3WIRE and VARSKI. “There is a stereotype of the kingdom all over the world, and today it is disappearing. In its place is a new picture of the kingdom, that accepts everyone,” Raed Abuzinada, chief of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority and director general of Jeddah Season, was quoted as saying by Arab News.
“She is an absolute global icon,” Robert Quirke, the chairman of event organisers ROQU Media International, said of the choice to invite Nicki Minaj to perform at the event. “She has 130 million followers on Instagram, she is considered one of the top 10 female performers of all time, she’s had multiple awards and she’ll have her new album come out this year. She is going to get a lot of attention for Jeddah in the most positive way you can imagine. She’s going to be actively on her social media, she’ll be posting right from the stage in Jeddah and at her hotel in Jeddah. Everyone is going to know that Nicki Minaj has landed in Saudi Arabia.”
The announcement was met with a blended reaction of amazement and stun from reporters via social media. Human rights groups additionally tried to persuade Minaj to pull out of the occasion. In an open letter, the Human Rights Foundation said there was "no rhyme or reason for Minaj to work together" in Saudi Arabia.