Keyshia Cole refused to open for The Weeknd in her hometown of Oakland, saying that she felt disrespected after the promoters and sponsoring radio station KMEL waited until the last minute to tell her she would be the opener. Via SOHH:
@KMEL has the nerve to tell me at the last minute they want me to open for the Weeknd. Then @106kmel tells us at last minute if I don’t then there’s no show! Then still uses my name when I refuse! I feel so f-cking disrespected,” she wrote.
She added that she has nothing against The Weeknd. Her issue is strictly with KMEL.
“No disrespect to the weekend,” she wrote on Twitter. “Why the hell would @106KMEL ask me to open for him in My home town! Where I give back! Where IM FROM! #NO.”
KMEL, meanwhile, says the whole thing was a misunderstanding.
KMEL tells TMZ, it’s all a case of miscommunication—saying, “We were surprised to see Keyshia Cole’s Tweets the night of our show… as she was never scheduled to be the show’s final act.” KMEL added, “When we were notified a week before her performance that she planned to cancel, we immediately removed her name from all advertising and promotion and offered refunds to those fans who requested.” R&B singer Jeremih replaced Keyshia when she abandoned ship.
This is what we like about Jeremih. He’s always available in case of an R&B-related emergency.