The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is less than a week away from its first game between the host nation and representative of South America, Ecuador. Spectators and fans have been waiting eagerly for the quadrennial sporting event to take place before their own eyes or before their tv box or live streaming sites. The world will surely be filled with sports vibes during the entire duration of the tournament, particularly football ones, with many also looking forward to the gorgeous atmosphere and beautiful venues and places the host nation, Qatar can provide people with. Restaurants, hotels, museums, etc. in Qatar are refurbished and ready to welcome millions of people, both locals and tourists, to visit the oil-rich Middle-East State.
Apart from the infrastructures, facilities and accommodations Qatar has made an effort to bless its huge groups of world cup fans with, everyone is also looking forward to seeing celebrities at the venues, whether they are performing or just enjoying the game as it is. Hence, a recent topic has been raised about star performers who will be invited to perform at the world’s biggest sporting event, with the likes of Dua Lipa constantly being discussed about.
Dua Lipa Not Performing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
British pop singer Robbie Williams was one of the star celebrities invited to perform at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he infamously showed his middle finger during a rendition of “Let Me Entertain You”. Besides, Aida Garifullina the Russian soprano was carried out onto the field on the back of a “Firebird” float. These lead many to fancy having another British singer to perform at the 2022 edition in Qatar.
The 27-year-old Dua Lipa has been nominated for multiple Brit Award, Grammy Award and NME Awards, winning a total of ten awards in these nominations. She remains the one and only artist to have five nominations in a single year at the Brit Awards.
When asked about the possibility of performing at the World Cup, Dua Lipa denied that she will do so as she opposes the way the host nation handles human rights issues, elevating the controversies surrounding Qatar even further as the world cup looms.
“I will be cheering England on from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup”, she stated in an interview.
Dua Lipa is also not the first artist to decline to perform at the celebrated sporting event with similar reasons.
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