Nicki Minaj cancels gigs amid 'American Idol' speculation

Normally, Nicki Minaj doesn’t like to keep quiet. But now, it looks like she has no choice: the Pink lady has cancelled her performances at the U.K.’s V Festival (August 18 and 19) due to “strained vocal chords,” according to a statement released by her publicist on Saturday. The statement says that Minaj already had bruised vocal chords during an August 14th gig in New York, and after a recent x-ray, her doctor suggested that she rest for a few more days. The news also comes just one day after reports that Minaj is a top contender for the open judge’s seat on American Idol. Earlier this month, she tweeted that she has to start her fall tour later than planned, but slyly added that when her fans find out why she’s postponing it, “they will be very happy.” Looks like she has a good excuse to keep mum about that for a while.

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