Nicki Minaj hosting party at Highline Ballroom (not Scores) after SNL
After releasing the new songs "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li," Nicki Minaj confirmed on the Met Gala red carpet that her fourth album would be called Queen and that it's due June 15. This Saturday (5/19), she's set to perform "Chun-Li" and one other song as the musical guest on SNL, and she said the "original plan" was to reveal more details right after SNL (like album artwork or tour dates) but that "we had to change it due to some technical stuff out of my control."
What Nicki will do after SNL, is an appear at an afterparty at Highline Ballroom, which is one of the venue's Cirque Saturdays parties. She was originally going to have the afterparty at Manhattan strip club Scores, but promoter AIM Hospitality told The Blast that they relocated after demand for tickets was more than the venue could handle. Nicki is billed as the "host" of the party, and The Blast reports that she is "not obligated to perform" though "the organizers of the event are hopeful she’ll feel inspired to get up on stage for a few songs." There's also conflicting language on the Eventbrite ticket link, which includes a flyer that says "hosts" but an event description that says Nicki will "tear down the Highline Ballroom stage" and "see her LIVE at Highline Ballroom." Everybody involved with the event is equally vague including DJ Clue who urges his Instagram followers to join him "for #TheChunLiExperience." So we can't be sure exactly what she'll be doing, but it doesn't sound like we should be holding our breaths for a performance.
In addition to DJ Clue, the party has music by DJ Reach, and it goes from 11 PM to 4 AM. Tickets, ranging from $80 to $20,100, are available. If you bought tickets for the Scores party, The Blast is told that those tickets will be honored, unless you want a refund.
There was some confusion about whether or not Nicki would actually be at this party after she denied that the original Scores party was happening (due to the location change), but Nicki has confirmed that the Highline Ballroom party is real:
Watch the official videos for "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz," as well as Nicki's SNL promo with host Tina Fey, below: