Ariana Grande was supposed to perform at Sunday’s Grammys but pulled out days before the broadcast, alleging that Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich was “lying” when he responded to her claims about why she felt the need to cancel.
Several celebrities have come to Grande’s support, including Nicki Minaj who now claims that she “p***ed off the same man Ariana just called out for lying.”
In case that wasn’t clear enough, she identified him by name. “Grammy producer KEN,” she wrote. “I was bullied into staying quiet for 7 years out of fear.”
However, she also said she would reveal the “REAL” truth on the next episode of her Apple Music radio show, “Queen Radio”.
Minaj also thanked fans for “all the love & support you continue to show me.”
While we’ll have to wait until this week’s “Queen Radio” for the revelation, an educated guess is that it may involve her controversial performance at the 2012 Grammys, which Ehrlich then publicly dissed by saying it “just wasn’t good.”
“I was not proud of what we did with Nicki Minaj three years ago,” said Ehrlich in 2015. “I thought that was a disappointment both in terms of what we did and to an extent what she did. I’m not going to absolve us of any responsibility but it just wasn’t good. If it had been controversial and good, I think I would have been proud of it.”
Meanwhile, Minaj is following in Grande’s footsteps by pulling out of the upcoming BET Awards after somebody on BET’s social media team issued a tweet that unfavourably compared her to Cardi B.
Clearly feeling disrespected, Minaj announced on Twitter Monday:
She also shared numerous angry fan responses to BET’s tweet:
Later that same day, BET finally apologized to Minaj, issuing a statement to Pitchfork.
“BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. 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,” reads the statement.
“We deeply apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused,” the statement continues. “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.”