Nicki Minaj has been criticized by her faithful Barbz supporters over her forthcoming appearance in 2022’s World Cup theme song “Tukoh Taka” with Maluma as well as Lebanese performer Myriam Fares, due to Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ+ position.
It’s a good thing that the Young Money queen brushed off the criticism, and announced that she’ll be performing on the record that is due to be released this Thursday (November 18) in advance of the World Cup’s debut. It’s one of the few female artists to perform on the World Cup anthem.
“#MTVEMA’s #BestHIPHOPArtist#BestSong”Super Freaky Girlwon 2 Fan-voted awards this evening. Thank you Barbz. I love you very much. Who’s ready to go on 11.18.22,” she wrote on Instagram as she joked about “Tukoh Taka.”
The rage of fans has continued , as many tried to explain Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ+ policy to Nicki Minaj via Twitter.
“Hi @nickiminajnot sure if you’re aware but your LGBTQ+ supporters from qatar are in danger and you’re funding and standing by their disgusting views,” one user wrote. “Qatar was recognized as one of the most dangerous places in the world for gay people to live. homosexuality is illegal and punished through prison.”
Another said: “For somebody with a massive LGBTQ fans and the threat from Qatar to effectively eliminate any sign in LGBTQ supporters, it’s alarming to watch Nicki Minaj sign on to make this decision. There is no guarantee that all money is worth it, particularly when gays are targeted in Qatar!”
For someone who has a significant LGBTQ fans and the threat of Qatar to effectively eliminate any sign that is LGBTQ supporters, it’s troubling to watch Nicki Minaj sign on to make this happen. It’s not all good money, especially when gays are targeted in the Middle East! https://t.co/CV70VPoOFd
— OhWowItsJay (@RecepitsKeeper) November 14, 2022
While Nicki received two awards during the MTV European Music Awards, she was omitted from in 2023’s Grammy Awards.
The Queens icon was not nominated the day of its release (November 15) for “Do We Have A Problem?” and “Super Freaky Girl,” which reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and reigned on the Hot Rap Songs chart for the record-breaking period of 10 weeks.
Nicki Minaj previously voiced her displeasure with The Recording Academy considering “Super Freaky Girl” as a nominee in the pop category instead of rappers. She’s criticised for the Academy for awarding Bon Iver the Best New Artist honors in 2012 over her and J. Cole.
“Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation,” she wrote two years after the fact. “They handed it over to the Bon Iver, a white male. #PinkFriday”