“We have recently seen a lot of anti-Semitism. I am proud to be an artist who represents Israel in the world’
Famous Israeli singer Noa Kirel made history on Sunday by being crowned Best Local Artist at the European MTV Awards for the fifth time while sporting an outfit bearing images of Kanye West’s face.
Kirel beat Israelis Anna Zak, Jonathan Mergui and Shahar Saul, and won the award five times in the past six years. She was chosen to represent Israel at the 29th awards ceremony on Sunday in Germany.
The pop star arrived on the red carpet wearing pants and cuffs featuring the image of Kanye West — who came under heavy criticism for a tirade of anti-Semitic comments — and plenty of jewelry that clearly displayed his Jewishness.
“I chose to wear a garment with a message for the whole world,” Kirel said.
“An object that clearly symbolizes that I am both Jewish and Israeli. We’ve seen a lot of anti-Semitism lately, especially in light of Kanye West’s statements. I’m proud to be an artist who represents Israel to the world.
Kirel, who will represent Israel at Eurovision in the UK in 2023, released his single “Lucky” last month in collaboration with Swedish pop producer duo Jubël and acclaimed label Warner Music.