The event is set to kick off on Sunday, November 20, with an opening ceremony ahead of the first match between Qatar and Ecuador.
The inaugural show will reportedly feature performances from BTS, Trinidad Cordona, Davido, and Aisha. Shakira was also set to perform but has rpeortedly dropped out.
However, other celebrities have been vocal in speaking out against the World Cup, due to its location in Qatar, its historical human-rights abuses, as well as history with gay rights.
Earlier this week, there was widespread outrage after the Qatar World Cup ambassador described homosexuality as “damage to the mind”, less than two weeks before the competition was due to kick off.
The former Qatari footballer Khalid Salman said that fans coming into the Gulf state for the tournament “will have to accept our rules”.
In Qatar, being gay is illegal and is punishable under the country’s penal code with up to seven years in prison or even the death penalty for Muslims under sharia law.
Despite this, and many celebrities speaking out against Qatar, some are still performing at the event.
The ex-footballer has come under fire in recent weeks over his controversial position as an ambassador for the Qatar World Cup, with Joe Lycett demanding that he forfeits his role before the World Cup 2022 gets underway next week.
Beckham’s involvement was debated on the ITV show Good Morning Britain, with political journalist Andrew Pierce making his views clear.
He said: “As you know, I don’t watch football, but I would not go to that country as a gay man because I would be very worried. As for David Beckham, he should be hanging his head in shame. He is a gay icon, hugely popular around the world, and he’s doing this for one reason: millions in the bank.”
David Beckham has received a reported £10 million for his involvement in this year’s World Cup, but a spokesperson for the former footballer has defended his position.
Speaking to the Metro, they said: “David has been visiting Qatar regularly for over a decade and went on to play for PSG [Paris Saint-Germain], so he has seen the passion for football in the country and the long-term commitment that’s been made to hosting the World Cup and delivering a lasting legacy for the region.”
A representative for Beckham declined to comment.
BTS singer Jungkook
Popular K-Pop band BTS is a music phenomenon, but they have yet to perform at a sporting event of this magnitude.
The band recently launched a sustainability campaign with Hyundai, one of the official sponsors of Qatar 2022, so lead singer Jungkook performing at the World Cup makes sense.
Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas have been added to the line-up of artists set to perform in Qatar ahead of the World Cup. The multi-Grammy award-winning group will be performing at the Doha Golf Club on November 20.
The World Stage at the Doha Golf Club, sponsored by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism, will be hosting a series of events in the upcoming months.
The Black Eyed Peas had previously performed in the Middle East at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
“We love all nationalities and religions around the world,” Will.i.am, said in the Wasl Dome during the Expo 2020 performance.
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J Balvin is set to perform at the Qatar World Cup on November 24, as part of the show organised by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism, in collaboration with Alchemy Project.
Other acts include Dutch DJ Hardwell and rappers Tinie Tempah, Tyga, and Rae Sremmurd. Arab artists will also be performing, including Egyptian hit-maker Mohamed Hamaki.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has come under fire for teasing a song in support of the 2022 World Cup despite host country Qatar’s cruel anti-LGBTQ+ stance on her Instagram Stories.
She posted a cryptic teaser featuring three pairs of football boots, with the name of one of the song’s three performers, the other two being Maluma and Myriam Fares.
Fans have been quick to react to the news, pointing out Minaj has a large queer fanbase, with none of these people able to safely visit Qatar to watch the World Cup.
The Evening Standard has contacted BTS, Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin, and Nicki Minaj’s representatives for comment.