Banned Bands: 20 Musicians Who Have Been Barred From Entire Countries

  • Beyonce

  • Jay Z

  • Miley Cyrus

  • Chris Brown

  • Lady Gaga

  • Oasis

  • Akon

  • Amy Winehouse

  • Bjork

  • Madonna

  • Elton John

  • 50 Cent

  • Lily Allen

  • Snoop Dog

  • Boy George

  • Yusuf Islam

  • Gary Glitter

  • Busta Rhymes

  • The Rolling Stones

  • John Lennon

We hear about rock stars getting banned from Holiday Inns all the time, but it takes a special kind of skill to get yourself banned from an ENTIRE COUNTRY! That’s dedication, friends. But still, that’s happened to quite a few musicians over the years!

Sometimes it’s for political reasons, other times religious, occasionally legal squabbles, and in a few cases (like Beyonce), they are just a tad too sexy. Take it as a compliment, Bey! But big name musical artists have been getting barred from conservative (and some not-so-conservative) nations for since pop tunes became a major cultural mouthpiece for the youth of the ’60s. Hey, rock is all about rebellion, and there’s nothing more rebellious than an entire country kicking you out!

Head up to the gallery above and check out 20 artists who got themselves black listed (although sometimes temporarily) and held back at the border line.

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