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The Weeknd cancels Jimmy Kimmel performance over Donald Trump appearance

News staff and The Associated Press | posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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Toronto singer The Weeknd cancelled Wednesday night’s performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because of Donald Trump.

He was supposed to perform a song with Canadian rapper Belly, who said he didn’t want to share the same stage with the republican presidential nominee because of his views on immigrants, Muslims and women.

“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,” Belly said in a statement. “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 been criticized by some political rivals and voters for his comments, such as when he said some Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “rapists” and when he called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

A Trump spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on The Weeknd and Belly.

The Jimmy Kimmel show had no comment, a representative said. Representatives for The Weeknd didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The Weeknd won two Grammy Awards earlier this year, including best urban contemporary album for “Beauty Behind the Madness.” Belly has co-written many of The Weeknd’s hits, including “Earned It,” ”The Hills,” ”Into the Night” and “Often.”

The Weeknd appears on Belly’s song “Might Not,” which they were set to perform on Kimmel’s show.

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