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Iranian ‘Happy’ Dancers Sentenced To 91 Lashes

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The group of young Iranians who created a dance video to Pharrell’s song, ‘Happy’ have been sentenced to 91 lashes and between six months and one year jail time.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube in May, features the group of six young men and women dancing around the country’s capital of Tehran, much like the videos which were done in other cities including Sydney, Paris, Johannesburg, New York and Berlin.

The video apparently broke Islamic Republic law, where women are not allowed to dance in public or appear publicly without a hijab covering their hair. In May, after the clip went viral, the dancers and director were detained and forced to apologize for their actions on state TV.

That same month, Pharrell took to Twitter to address the situation,

“It’s beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.” he posted.

While the group has been sentenced to between six months and one year jail time along with 91 lashes, their sentences will not take place if they are not convicted of anymore crimes in the next three years.

Take a look at their Happy video below:

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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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