Top 10 Music Artists Who Have Been Denied Access To Certain Countries


The Top Ten

1 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

She was denied access to the USA in 2007-2008 because she was arrested in Norway in 2007 for possession of cannabis and the US learned about that.
So she missed the 2008 Grammys, where she won 5 awards! - Metal_Treasure

2 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In 2010 he was banned from visiting Egypt because the Egypt's Musician's Union didn't like an Elton's interview where he referred to Jesus as a "super-intelligent gay man". - Metal_Treasure

Geez! When will homophobes have some dignity or either have redemption upon their egos without religion or have some sense THAT teachings of the bible that seem so harmful and douchy! - Kevinsidis

3 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

1) They were barred from Japan in 1973 due to Mick Jagger's two drugs convictions in 1967 and 1970.
2) They were previously banned from Cleveland because a fan fell from a balcony and died at one of their gigs in the city (the ban was lifted two years later). - Metal_Treasure

4 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

In 2010 he canceled two shows in China, in Beijing and Shanghai, because Chinese authorities were concerned about his links to counter culture, such as the protest songs 'The Times They Are a-Changin' and 'Blowin' In The Wind'.
I honestly laughed so hard at this! - Metal_Treasure

5 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.

This guy is like the champion on this list - he was banned from:
1) UK - from 2006 to 2010 for an incident at Heathrow airport
2) Norway - from 2012 to 2014
3) Australia (the period of time is unknown) - Metal_Treasure

6 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically more.

In 2004 she was banned from visiting Egypt for... visiting Israel. - Metal_Treasure

You sure that Egypt is the only country that Madonna is banned from?

7 Lady GaGa Lady GaGa Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.

In 2012 she was banned from performing in Indonesia by authorities who believed her "sexy clothes" and dance moves would corrupt the nation's youth. - Metal_Treasure

8 Lamb of God Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

They were banned from Malaysia because Islamic officials in Malaysia described the band's work as "blasphemous".
Well, the band name alone can cause problems in some countries but also some of their song titles:
A Devil in God's Country
Walk With Me In Hell
Fake Messiah
Shoulder of Your God
Another Nail for Your Coffin - Metal_Treasure

9 Cat Stevens Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist.

Was temporarily denied entry to the USA for a period after 9/11 due to suspicion of charitable donations to Muslim connected groups being in support of terrorism. - Billyv

10 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.

1) She was banned from China in 2006 for pulling a racially offensive pose in a photograph with friends.
2) Later she was banned from the Dominican Republic, because, according to the authorities, her shows "go against morals and customs" and her actions at shows "are punishable by Dominican law." - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Lily Allen Lily Allen Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter.

She was banned from entering the US in 2007 for lamping a photographer. She was also arrested for that.
Oh Lily... - Metal_Treasure

12 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. more.

He should be banned from music, as well as the media.

Bieber and his bodyguards were banned from Argentina in 2013 for assaulting a photographer - Metal_Treasure

13 21 Savage 21 Savage Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper. He received attention for projects such as Free Guwop (2015) as well as Savage Mode (2016, with Metro Boomin) before going on to release his debut album, Issa Album (2017). He is best more.
14 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

Banned from the US 1965-1969. This is probably the main explanation as to why they are much less popular then The Beatles, The Who, or The Rolling Stones. - JoLeKosovo

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