Nelly is set to perform in Saudi Arabia next month on Dec 14th but here’s the catch. Only men can attend the concert.
American rapper Nelly, famous for songs such as “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma,” will visit Saudi Arabia next month for a concert in Jiddah with Algerian singer Cheb Khaled.
The Dec. 14 concert will probably be a big event for a country where, until recently, public music performances were heavily restricted.
Though largely positively received on social media, Nelly’s planned appearance in Jiddah may also highlight some of the growing pains for Saudi Arabia’s entertainment sector: Notably, tickets to the event, which cost as much as $120, are available only to male attendees.
On Instagram and Twitter, some female fans complained about being excluded from the Grammy Award winner’s concert, with one dubbing it a “stupid” policy to have a “male-only event.” Other critics have pointed out that Nelly was recently accused of sexual assault, though the rapper was never charged, and that in 2015 he pleaded guilty to the possession of marijuana.Nelly is the second major American star to appear in Saudi Arabia this year.
In May, country music star Toby Keith appeared at an event in Riyadh, the capital — notably, arriving the same weekend that President Trump was in Saudi Arabia. Like Nelly, Keith also appeared at a male-only event, performing to a sold-out crowd alongside the well-known local lute player Rabeh Saqer.