Nicki Minaj Abruptly Cancels Concert On Doctor’s Orders

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Nicki Minaj abruptly canceled the New Orleans leg of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour on Tuesday, just hours before it was set to begin.

The Smoothie King Center issued a statement to social media, advising fans and ticket holders of the abrupt change.

“Due to doctor’s orders, Nicki Minaj must reschedule her NOLA show tonight,” the venue posted. “As Nicki is still sick, our team does not want to run the risk of getting others sick, and Nicki would not be able to give NOLA the show they deserve.”

Information about the nature of her illness and her current condition were not provided at this time.

Ticket holders were informed that alternate arrangements were in the works.

“We are working diligently to find a new date, so please hold onto your tickets, and we will inform you all soon,” the post read.

Nicki Minaj onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI

Nicki Minaj performs on stage during the 2017 NBA Awards Live On TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TNT

Fans immediately expressed their discontent in the comment section of the post, with many noting that they should have been informed well in advance, rather than mere hours before the show was set to begin.

Some of Minaj’s fans took to social media to express concern for the star.

Minaj indicated in the days leading up to the concert that she wasn’t feeling her best, taking to social media to tell followers that she was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19,

Nicki Minaj performs onstage during iHeartRadio Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball 2023 at State Farm Arena on December 14, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Derek White/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Nicki Minaj attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“Barbz pls send me healing energy,” she posted to Twitter on March 16. “Woke up feeling like I had Covid. Thank God I don’t. You guys are just everything. I appreciate you. I love you so much,” she wrote. (RELATED: Bebe Rexha Storms Off Stage Mid-Performance, Doesn’t Come Back)

The concert has not yet been rescheduled.