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Kanye West Criticized for Performing at Wedding of Kazakhstan President's Grandson

$3 million to be a wedding singer


Earlier this summer when Jennifer Lopez was getting all that flak for performing for Turkmenistan leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov's 56th birthday celebration, Kanye West was busy becoming a father and releasing a new album. That might be the only (barely acceptable) excuse for him not realizing the international criticism he'd face for accepting a reported $3 million to perform at the wedding of Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev's grandson, Aisultan Nazarbayev, over the weekend. But because celebrities are who they are and several million dollars for a couple hours' work is almost always hard to turn down, that's just what happened.