Iggy Azalea‘s The Great Escape Tour has reportedly been canceled. According to reports, an email was sent to those individuals who had purchased tickets for the tour. “The Iggy Azalea Great Escape scheduled for this fall has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. The will be a new tour planned around Iggy’s new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience,” the email read. The tour was expected to launch in September. The Great Escape Tour was initially scheduled to begin on April 14th, but it was rescheduled due to production issues. Nick Jonas and Tinashe were named as opening acts for the tour, but they both withdrew from the event after the tour was postponed.
Azalea has found herself in the middle of a lot of controversy lately, which has become somewhat of the “norm” for the rapper. When she was announced as the headliner for Pridefest in Pittsburgh (PA), it caused an uproar in the LGBTQ community. The festival, which is organized by the Delta Foundation, has been highly criticized by some people in the LGBTQ community who believe Delta doesn’t properly represent Pridefest. In the past, Azalea has has been accused of being racist and homophobic, even though she has always denied those claims.
The Delta organizers have been outspoken regarding Azalea’s involvement in Pridefest, and they are standing by their decision to have the rapper headline the festival. “If we believed that Iggy Azalea was racist or homophobic, we certainly would not have selected her to headline Pittsburgh Pride. We also don’t believe she would have agreed to come if she was racist or homophobic,” the Delta Foundation organizers wrote in a statement. Despite the controversy, Azalea is expected to headline Pridefest on June 13th as part of Pittsburgh’s 2015 Pride celebration.
A couple of days ago, a petition aiming to take away Azalea’s Billboard music award for Top Rap Song made its rounds online. The rapper won for her song “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX), and the petition’s organizer feels Azalea won the award ineligibly. The petition states that the eligibility time period for the Billboard Music Award nominations began on March 10th (2014), and “Fancy” was released on February 17th (2014). Therefore, the song was dropped one month before the eligibility start date. The petition has gained over 20,000 signatures from people who believe Azalea’s win is unfair to the other rappers nominated for the Top Rap Song award.
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