Those who were outraged by the booking of Australian hip-hop star Iggy Azalea at this year's Pittsburgh Pride festival will be pleased to learn her replacement is none other than LGBT ally Nick Jonas. On Monday, Azalea canceled her headlining performance after LGBT groups pulled out in protest of the rapper's past homophobic and racist tweets.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jonas made the call to the festival's organizers with the offer to perform in Azalea's place at this Saturday's event.
"When I heard about the difficult position Pittsburgh Pride was in just days before their event, I knew I had to find a way to help," Jonas said in a statement. "I'm excited to do what I can to support the LGBT community in Pittsburgh, and I look forward to seeing you this Saturday as we celebrate together."
In November, Jonas told The Advocate, "I don't know why more heterosexual male artists don't embrace their gay fan base, because it's so important. At least, I feel like it's such an important part of my fan base." He is scheduled to participate in a Q&A at this year's Outfest to discuss portraying a gay character on the DirecTV drama Kingdom.
Tickets for Jonas's performance at Pittsburgh Pride in the Street are available here.