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Nicki Minaj drops BET concert after network posts mocking tweet

Nicki Minaj says she's cancelling her appearance at the BET Experience Concert after the network tweeted about her and fellow rapper Cardi B.

BET issues apology statement after deleting tweet

Rapper Nicki Minaj, seen in New York in September, has cancelled her appearance at a forthcoming concert series leading up to the 2019 BET Awards after the network's official Twitter posted a message mocking her while congratulating rival Cardi B on winning a Grammy on Sunday. (Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press)

Nicki Minaj says she's cancelling her appearance at the BET Experience Concert after the network tweeted about her and fellow rapper Cardi B.

Minaj said Monday on social media that she won't perform at the concert or BET Awards. The seventh annual concert series will be held June 20-22 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles ahead of the BET Awards on June 23. 

The cancellation comes after BET tweeted Sunday that Minaj was "being dragged by her lacefront" following Cardi B's historic Grammy win for best rap album. Cardi B, who won for Invasion of Privacy, is the first solo female rapper ever to win in the category. 

The official BET Twitter account posted this tweet following Cardi B's historic win at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, but has since deleted it amid backlash. (BET/Twitter)

The tweet has been deleted and, in a statement, BET apologized to Minaj for the "hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused."

The network says it will conduct an internal investigation. 

A rep for Minaj didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Also on Monday, Cardi B — who has been characterized as a rival to Minaj — deleted her Instagram account after posting an expletive-laden video in which she described receiving a torrent of online abuse ahead of and after her win on Sunday.

She also noted she wasn't a fan of those who "put other people down to uplift somebody else. That's not my style and that's not what I'm with and I don't support that."