The Weeknd and rapper, Belly, were set to perform the hit “Might Not” on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, Wednesday night, but cancelled due to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also appearing on the show.
Belly, a Palestinian-Canadian who is Muslim, didn’t want to share a stage with Trump and stated, “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 majority of us don’t agree with.”
Trump has made comments throughout his campaign on topics from women and how illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States are “rapists” to even calling a ban on Muslim immigration into the states, if he were to become president.
Belly goes on to say, “I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music,” Belly said. “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.”
Belly has co-written many of The Weeknd’s hits, including ”The Hills,” ”Into the Night” and “Often.” Belly shared an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song with The Weeknd, for “Earned It.”