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What happens when two Canadian musicians are scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the same night as one of the most hated politicians of all time? They politely cancel and in turn, take a very important stand.
The Weeknd and Belly were the scheduled musical guests on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but after finding out that their fellow guest would be Donald Trump, the two musicians canceled their appearance. Musician Gregory Porter performed instead.
It’s no secret that the upcoming U.S. election has taken the world by storm thanks to the surprising success of former reality star and businessman Donald Trump. At this point in the race, it appears that the National Republican Party will have no choice but to nominate Trump as their delegate in the presidential election, rewarding the guy who can’t stop talking about his hands or a giant wall, neither of which are topics that should be discussed in this political climate…or any.
Belly told the Associated Press, “I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race. I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that the majority of us don’t agree with. I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music. I create songs people go to sleep and wake up to, songs that they fall in love to. For me, being Muslim and being somebody that appreciates my access here in America, I love the fact that I’m able to be here. To play my part in this business is a privilege and a beautiful thing. The fact that I could lose that ability through the actions of someone such as Donald Trump isn’t right to me. At all.”
The two Toronto artists have a long history of working together. Belly and The Weeknd shared songwriting credits on the Oscar winning “Earned It” for Fifty Shades Of Grey, with Belly co-writing “6 Inch” for Beyonce’s Lemonade, which features vocals from The Weeknd.
The duo earned three iHeartRadio MMVA nominations this year for their collaboration “Might Not,” including Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video and Best MuchFact Video.