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Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia

Trinidadian-US rapper Nicki Minaj is set to perform at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia on July 18. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP / Getty Images)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia says hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will be performing there in the latest eye-popping announcement as the kingdom sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment.

The female rapper is known for her outlandish style and hits like “Anaconda.” Her lyrics are often laced with profanities and she was criticized by Christian groups for her 2012 Grammy Awards performance that included dancing priests and an exorcism.

Saudi organizers announced Wednesday she’d be the headline act at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18, which is being broadcast globally and covered by MTV.

To boost tourism and Saudi Arabia’s image, the kingdom is promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.

Such concerts are a stark change from when Saudi morality police would raid establishments that played loud music.

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  • Rj

    Why would a country who’s women are covered from head to toe and treat their women like animals allow this piece of garbage who wears next to nothing to perform there ? D listers end up in Vegas or doing world tours.

    • lml25

      This is from a FOX story a couple months ago:
      DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP/FOX 17) — A Western Michigan University-bound student was one of 37 people beheaded Tuesday in Saudi Arabia for alleged terrorism-related crimes.

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