Nicki Minaj Pulls Out Of Rihanna’s Tour—We Pick Her Replacement

Becky Bain | April 7, 2010 2:27 pm

Ke$ha will have to take shots of Jack on her own backstage—Nicki Minaj has already pulled out of the Last Girl on Earth tour. She tweeted: “I’m sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi’s tour. I’ve decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand.” Maybe it’s for the best—even if Rihanna’s songs are (just barely) rated-R, Nicki’s rapping has got to be considered NC-17. We’re not sure how well lyrics like “maybe it’s time to put this p***y on your sideburns” would go over with RiRi’s younger fan base (and their parents escorting them to the show).

We’ll mourn the loss of Harajuku Barbie spitting rhymes in our face from the stage this summer, but the question remains: who should replace her on the tour? Our picks below:

Sky Ferreira The 17-year old pop singer can clearly stack up against Ke$ha in the party department (just watch her “17” video below to see what we mean), and embarking on a giant arena tour would be a great way to introduce her music to a mass crowd of people.

Janelle Monáe The neo-soul singer’s debut album The ArchAndroid is dropping this May, so she definitely has a good reason to go out on a massive tour like Last Girl On Earth in order to promote it. (Plus, her high-rise ‘do and the tux she wears in her “Tightrope” video reminds us of RiRi’s similar black-tie outfit she wore at last year’s MET Costume Gala.)

OrianthiSure, touring with Rihanna and Ke$ha might be a step down from sharing the stage with Michael Jackson, but it would be a great way to showcase Orianthi’s impressive skills as both a powerful pop-rock singer and incredible guitarist. And while her tunes and personality definitely fit in with the grrl rock vibe of the tour, the Aussie performer’s style is different enough from both Rihanna and Ke$ha to not feel like you’re seeing the same act twice during the same show.

We think any of these women would be perfect replacements for Nicki, but really, the only requirement (for us, anyway) is that they be female and have no problem going pantsless.