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Kanye West Under Fire For Kazakhstan Performance

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Chicago rapper Kanye West is being criticized for performing in Kazakhstan over the weekend. The rapper was reportedly paid $3 million to play at a wedding for President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson.

Kazakhstan’s government isn’t exactly known to be too sympathetic to its people’s human rights, which is why Kanye is under fire. Human Rights Watch director David Mepham tells The Daily Mail that “Kazakhstan’s serious and deteriorating human rights situation includes ‘credible allegations of torture, the imprisonment of government critics, tight controls over the media and freedom of expression and association, limits in religious freedom, and continuing violation of workers’ rights.'”

In 2011, Sting cancelled a concert in the country because of its social injustices, but $3 million was a bit too much money for Ye to walk away from.

Video from the show has been posted online, and showw the rapper performing for a crowd of disinterested people. Check it out.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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