Nicki Minaj is out at the MTV Video Music Awards, despite never being officially announced as a performer.
The 38-year-old rapper shared Thursday on Twitter that she would no longer perform at the award show, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 12.
She announced her sudden departure the same day that her husband Kenneth Petty, 43, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California.
Skipping another year: Nicki Minaj, 38, claimed she had dropped out of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in a tweet from Thursday; seen at the VMAs in NYC in 2018
Nicki was never among the performers announced for the VMAs, but that didn’t stop her fans from asking if she would be at the award show.
In quoting one fan, the musician claimed she was part of the program but had backed out.
‘I just pulled out. I’ll explain another day,’ she wrote while quoting the original tweet.
Nicki made it clear there were no hard feelings for any of the executives involved in the show
‘But I love those guys at MTV,’ she added. ‘Thank you [VMAs producer] Bruce [Gilmer]. I love you so much.’
She also signaled that she would be back for the 2021 edition, adding, ‘Next year we there baby.’
Back next year: Nicki was never announced as a VMAs performer, but she replied to a fan that she had ‘just pulled out’ on Thursday. She skipped the explanation but vowed to be there in 2022
Guilty: Her tweet came the same day that her husband Kenneth Petty, 43, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California during a virtual court hearing
So far, neither Nicki nor MTV have commented on her departure.
She was last featured at the award show in 2018, when she performed multiple songs from her Queen album.
The hitmaker capped off the evening by winning Best Hip Hop Video for her song Chun-Li.
Nicki shared her apparent withdrawal shortly after her husband Kenneth Petty accepted a plea deal for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California.
Court records obtained by People indicate that he entered his plea during a virtual hearing for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
On the list: Petty is registered as a level two sex offender in New York after he pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted rape in 1995; seen with Minaj in February 2020
Petty could potentially face substantial jail time on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and supervised release for life.
It will be months before the convicted sex offender will know his punishment, as the sentencing hearing has been scheduled for January 24, 2022.
He initially pleaded not guilty when he was arrested on the charge in March 2020, though he changed his plea in accordance with the deal from prosecutors.
TMZ previously reported that police determined Petty hadn’t registered as a sex offender in California — despite being registered in New York — when he was pulled over in Beverly Hills on November 15, 2019.
Petty’s sex offender status originates from 1995, when he pleaded guilty for first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl.
He was sentenced to between 18 and 54 months in prison, ultimately serving four years behind bars.
New York had him designated as a level two registered offender, meaning he was considered a ‘moderate risk’ to reoffend.
Fighting back: Last month, Petty filed a lawsuit to get his name taken off New York’s registry, claiming his wasn’t informed of a hearing to determine his sex offender level designation
Minaj has recently gotten wrapped up in Petty’s past crime, as his victim Jennifer Hough, now 38, sued both last month for allegedly intimidating her to get her to recant her rape accusation.
Hough claims in her suit that the couple tried to discredit her shortly after they started dating in 2015.
Minaj previously claimed on Twitter that Petty and Hough had been ‘in a relationship’ at the time of the alleged rape, though Hough denies ever being in a relationship in her suit.
Hough and the rapper allegedly spoke on the phone, where Minaj offered to have a publicist draft a statement in which she would retract her accusation.
She claims that people close to Minaj and Petty offered one of her family members $500,00 in exchange for her recanting.
Hough also alleged that Minaj sent one of her childhood friends to offer her a considerably smaller amount of money to retract her story.
In hot water: Both Petty and Minaj were sued last month by Petty’s victim, 38-year-old Jennifer Hough. She claims the two offered her thousands of dollars and harassed her to recant her allegation
Despite having pleaded guilty to the attempted rape charge decades ago, Petty filed a lawsuit last month to have his name taken off New York’s sex offender registry.
He claims in his filing that he wasn’t told about an October 2004 hearing, held while he was in prison, that would have determined what level of sex offender he was classified as.
He said the court ‘sabotaged’ any possibility of him defending himself at the hearing by not properly notifying him.