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11 December 2018, 14:45

Beyoncé has been accused of appropriating Indian culture.
Beyoncé has been accused of appropriating Indian culture.

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The ‘Lemonade’ singer recently performed at the wedding of Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man. However, Beyoncé drew criticism after being accused of ‘cultural appropriation’.

Beyoncé has been accused of cultural appropriation following her performance at a wedding celebration in India.

The 37-year-old performed for guests at the star-studded pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man, and Anand Piramal, the son of another Indian billionaire, in Udaipur.

In a series of photos uploaded to both her website and her Instagram page, the ‘Lemonade’ singer can be seen wearing a seemingly traditional red-and-gold Indian ensemble, with a gold headpiece and jewellery.

However, some people took the star’s outfit as an act of appropriating Indian or Hindi culture, and suggested that because she is “Beyoncé”, it was being ignored.

Beyoncé’s fans jumped to the star’s defence, arguing that Bey was actually paying homage to the country and was invited to their space by the family.

Bey is yet to respond to the criticism. This isn’t the first time she’s been accused of cultural appropriation either -she received backlash for her role in Coldplay’s music video for ‘Hymn For the Weekend’.

Meanwhile, Bey and her husband Jay-Z have picked up three nominations at the 2019 Grammy Awards, which are set to air next February.

The billionaire couple are up for Best R&B Performance for their track ‘Summer’, Best Urban Contemporary Album for their album ‘Everything Is Love’, and Best Music Video for their song ‘APES***’.



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