Black Entertainment Television (BET) criticized rapper Nicki Minaj in a tweet about rapper Cardi B winning best rap album at the Grammys. The BET tweet showed a picture of Cardi B with a link to a story about Cardi B’s Grammy win, but the caption read: “Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront.”
In a Feb. 11 apology, BET said the post “should never have been written” and “does not reflect our company values.” BET added that it apologized to Minaj and is “conducting an internal audit.”
The damage was done though; Minaj tweeted a screenshot of the BET tweet and said she wouldn’t perform at BET’s awards show, Billboard reported.
The apology reads in full:
“BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry.
Unfortunately the respect we have for Nicki was violated by a post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values.
We deeply apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation.
We are also conducting an internal audit to assure these types of posts are not published again.
We have apologized to Nicki and her team. The post has been removed and we have taken additional appropriate action.
We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her.
Finally, we apologize to all of her fans. This should have never happened.