In an audience-captured video of the moment, the Grammy-nominated rapper addressed the crowd who were gathered in the same place as those who lost their lives during the 2017 bombing.
“Put your light in the sky for everybody we lost,” Minaj said. “God bless the families of everybody who survived them. And God Bless Manchester for being resilient and not bowing down to fear. For being strong no matter what.”
As she spoke, a camera pan of the audience showed a sea of commemorative lights blazing around the arena. The crowd cheered as she finished her speech.
Twenty-two people were killed in May 2017 when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Grande and Minaj are good friends. The pair collaborated with Jessie J on the Grammy-nominated single “Bang Bang,” and several other hits including “The Light Is Coming” from Grande’s Grammy-winning album Sweetener.
The Trinidadian-native singer-songwriter also shared a message on Instagram saying, “Ok, #Manchester has stolen my heart & that’s on periodT.”
(See both posts below).
No one will ever forget the tragedy that struck Manchester almost two years ago. Many artists paid tribute to the victims and their families in the wake of the horrific attack. Grande organized and headlined the One Love Manchester concert to benefit the victims and their families, via the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Minaj’s stop in Manchester, England was one of a stream of dates on her 2019 Nicki Wrld Tour. Her most recent album, Queen, dropped last summer. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. and topped the R & B albums chart in the U.K. Minaj released the music video for “Hard White” from the album in February. (Watch it above).
Nicki Minaj will be performing at the BET Experience at L.A. Live along with Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez, and Trippie Redd at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on Friday, June 21. Grab tickets to see the show from AXS.