Shakira turns down FIFA invitation to perform at World Cup opener in protest

Shakira follows in the footsteps of artists like Dua Lipa and Rod Stewartwho refused to participate in the event in Qatar.

Singer Shakira refused to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.

According to the Spanish channel telecinco how to report RMC Sports Shakira declined an invitation to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. She was also invited to grace the stage this year.

Shakira was one of the potential musical artists to perform ahead of the match between Qatar and Ecuador, kick-off of the World Cup which will take place next Sunday (20.11).

Since it was announced that Qatar would be the country chosen to host the World Cup 2022 there have been countless examples of news and celebrity commentary denouncing FIFA’s choice and blaming the organization for valuing money more than human rights.

Some football players have already said several times that they will wear the rainbow flag armband to support the LGTB community while participating in the 2022 World Cup, regardless of Qatar’s rules and laws.

The country which has anti-LGBTQIA+ laws and other human rights issues has sparked a lot of debate on the networks.

The singer is not participating in the opening of the World Cup despite the invitation from FIFA, journalist Adriana Dorronsoro informed on Spanish television’s “El programa de Ana Rosa”.

The opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place at Al-Bayt Stadium in the city of Al-Khor, 50 kilometers from Doha.

However, sources close to Shakira have hinted that she may be involved in other World Cup-related actions.

Who are the artists who refused to perform in Qatar?

It was not easy to find singers willing to travel around the country and perform.

One of the most popular artists to say ‘no’ to the World Cup is the pop singer Doua Lipa🇧🇷 The singer explained that she didn’t get to the point of negotiating because her decision was made from the start.

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“I will be cheering England on from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when they fulfill all the human rights commitments they made when they won the right to host the World Cup. One Love, Dua,” clarified Doua Lipa 🇧🇷

Rod Stewart was also one of the candidates to perform, but the singer recently explained why he declined the lucrative offer.

“They offered me a huge amount of money, over a million dollars for the show, but I declined because I don’t think it’s fair to go to a country with these ideas and these values”, the saying Stewart.

The artists who have said yes to Qatar and who can be seen performing are: J. Balvin, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, Nora Fatehi, Black Eyed Peas, Jungkook from BTS and Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Miriam Fares.

These last three were responsible for creating the official song of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Shakira once did the theme song for the World Cup in 2010.

The song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” was a big hit at the South African edition of the tournament.

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