Politically Controversial Performances

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  • Kanye West, Beyoncé, 50 Cent
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Politically Controversial Performances

International gigs can get sticky when there's political controversy involved, and every so often music superstars learn this lesson the hard way.

Kanye West, Beyoncé and 50 Cent are just a few of the celebs who have pocketed big bucks for touching down in countries where human rights violations run rampant, usually at the hands of some of the world's most loathed dictators. Most have claimed to not be aware of the controversy until after the fact, but the backlash came nonetheless.

Nicki Minaj is the latest to fall under criticism regarding a scheduled performance in Angola. Per The Guardian, the Christmas event is connected to Angola's controversial leader Eduardo dos Santos by way of the sponsor Unitel, a company run by dos Santos's family. While many are suggesting Nicki cancels her performance as the Angolan leader has consistently been viewed as the opposite of humane, Nicki tweeted "Every tongue that rises up against me in judgement [sic] shall be condemned" as her response.

She's not alone in getting wrapped up in concert controversy. Check out a few others. — BET Staff


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