U.S. actor and singer Will Smith will perform at the closing ceremony of the soccer World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium this Sunday.
He will sing “Live it Up,” the tournament’s official song, alongside U.S. singer Nicky Jam and Kosovar singer and songwriter Era Istrefi. Further details of the closing ceremony have not yet been revealed.
The World Cup kicked off nearly a month ago with a performance by Robbie Williams, during which the British singer courted controversy by showing the middle finger. Later, he played down the incident, saying he just used his middle finger to do a countdown.
But some observers interpreted it as a gesture of defiance to commentators condemning him for the decision to perform in Russia despite the country’s extremely strained relations with the West and, especially, the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, after that controversy at the outset, the tournament progressed smoothly with a few incidents with political undertones occurring during the tournament, such as criticism of Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah for posing for photo with Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, often accused of human rights violations, or Croatian player Domagoj Vida’s chanting “Glory to Ukraine” after a winning match against Russia.
In the tournament’s final on Sunday, France is facing Croatia, while Belgium and England will play a match for third place on Saturday in St. Petersburg.