Nicki Minaj has been bamboozled by a promoter in China, and the rapper didn’t realize she was a victim of a scam until she arrived in Asia.
The “Chun Li” singer reportedly flew all the way to Shanghai this weekend for a 90-minute set at an event called the Djakarta Warehouse Project festival on Nov. 18, according to Shanghaiist. DWP is an annual end of the year dance music festival that’s been held for the last decade in Bali, and attracts A-list acts from all over the globe.
Minaj arrived in China to play at the DWP China festival, but as it turns out, the use of the DWP brand by the concert was “unauthorized,” according to a statement from DWP International, reports Buzzfeed News.
“The event rumored to take place in Shanghai on 17 and 18 of November 2018 is an unauthorized use of DWP trademark. DWP as a brand, has no association with the event. The alleged lineup artwork of DWP China, which has been circulating online is unauthorized,” the event’s website read.
Did @NICKIMINAJ really fly all the way out to China for some bullshit festival??? ?
Sounds like some Fyre Fest 2.0 clownery… pic.twitter.com/Bk7mdmmu1z
— Vinnie Rossiello (@yacousinvinnie) November 18, 2018
Minaj has not addressed the incident, but in a video circulating online, Minaj issued a statement to her “real fans” in Shanghai and China, telling them that she’ll be back “with a better partner.”
“Thank you, guys. To my real fans, I love you so much,” she says. “I’ll be back you guys for my real fans, in Shanghai, in China. I love you so much… And I’ll be back with a better partner.”
“Thank u Nicki! We are sooo sorry for what happened today and we love u soooo much! Plz come to Shanghai next time PLZ!” wrote one fan on Twitter.
According to Australia’s ABC News, fans hoping to see the star perform live were disappointed when the show was canceled after they reportedly spent hundreds of dollars for the show. Some even compared the fiasco to the disastrous Fyre Festival.
Photos of Minaj posing with fans while she was in China have been appearing on entertainment sites.
— Vinnie Rossiello (@yacousinvinnie) November 22, 2018
DWP has yet to release any official statements about what exactly what went wrong.