Iggy Azalea canceled her upcoming appearance at Pittsburgh Pride earlier this week, and Nick Jonas will replace her. Azalea was forced to cancel her headlining performance at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival last minute after facing backlash because of old homophobic tweets.
“When I heard about the difficult position Pittsburgh Pride was in just days before their event, I knew I had to find a way to help,” Jonas said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I’m excited to do what I can to support the LGBT community in Pittsburgh, and I look forward to seeing you this Saturday as we celebrate together.” Delta Foundation President Gary Van Horn told the website that Jonas personally called up the festival organizers to perform at the event.
Pittsburgh Pride is the premier LGBT festival in Pennsylvania and is hosted by the Delta Foundation. The 22-year-old singer will perform at the "Pride in the Street" event June 13. The event will be held at Liberty Avenue. Other performers include DJ Digital Dave, DJ Strobe, Thea Trix, Chance Encounters and Steel Pan Pittsburgh. Additional performers will be announced, says the event website. Tickets are priced at US$35 (including taxes and fees) and are on sale now at the event's website.
The “Fancy” rapper issued a statement after canceling her performance. “This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTQIA communities,” Azalea wrote in the statement, “however, I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event.”
Azalea also postponed her Great Escape tour "to accommodate for creative team availability and tour productions.” Jonas was one of the opening acts on Azalea's tour, along with Tinashe. Originally slated to kick off in April, Azalea's Great Escape tour will now go live in September. However, Jonas and Tinashe have canceled their plans to perform on the show. New opening acts for Azalea's tour are yet to be announced.