When there is interest, and the entire media has gathered at such an enormous global event matching that of the 2008 Summer Olympics, like the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, there is bound to be plenty of celebrities in attendance. The country of South Africa has seen a lively descent of various dignitaries, musicians and a legendary soccer player arrive on June 11, 2010 until the final game on July 11, 2010. Who are these celebrities, why are they at the World Cup and who are they supporting? Here is a look at ten celebrities who either performed at the opening ceremonies or attended their country’s games in the qualifying round or represented their country as a dignitary.
1.) R. Kelly – One of the major highlights of the opening ceremonies for the World Cup in Soweto was none other than this R&B singer who composed the song Sign of A Victory exclusively for the international event. It is the official FIFA World Cup anthem. His performance was accompanied by the Soweto Spiritual Singers. There was a sold-out crowd of over 84,000.
2.) David Beckham – He is one of the superstars of soccer, or football as the sport is known globally, who previously played for the LA Galaxy of the Major Soccer League (MSL, the equivalent to the NFL, MLB and NBA).. A popular movie featured his name in its title. He only appeared in archival footage throughout the film. However, due to an Achilles injury he sustained while playing with Milan in Serie A match he missed out playing in the World Cup. During the matches between England & USA and also against Algeria Beckham has been there on the sidelines for his home country of England. He is constantly shown on global TV supporting his team whom he would have played for.
3.) Prince William – A princely dignitary of England who attended his country’s second game that ended in a 0-0 draw against Algeria. He was with his brother, Prince Harry.
4.) Prince Harry – Famously known as being the rebellious prince or “wild child” from the House of Windsor he was a spectator at the match between England and Algeria. Harry and William were both in attendance fulfilling their princely duties as well as being like any other commoner.
5.) Shakira – She closed out the Kick-Off Celebration Concert of the World Cup in Soweto, South Africa on June 10th with her hit songs, in addition to an official World Cup song titled Waka Waka. The Colombian-born pop/rock singer took to the stage with a South African group, Freshlyground.
6.) Alicia Keys – Besides Shakira performing at the Kick-Off Celebration Concert a visibly pregnant Alicia Keys was also there to perform. She had the crowd swaying as she sang a number of her well known hits.
7.) Hugh Masekela – This South African native, who is a world-renowned trumpeter and singer,also performed at the same concert in his homeland. Hugh Masekela had a #1 hit in 1968 with Grazin’ in the Grass.
8.) John Legend – Soccer may not be his favorite sport, but when it comes to the World Cup this multi-talented singer really gets into it. He was one of the featured performers at the all-star concert kicking off the World Cup celebration. The concert was aired on ABC TV.
9.) Black Eyed Peas – Rounding out the all-star concert that also featured Juanes from Colombia was this highly successful hip hop and pop group from Los Angeles. Known for their flashy performances and dance-oriented songs they performed a medley of hits such as Where is the Love, Pump It and I Gotta Feeling to name a few.
10.) Vice-President Joe Biden – Obviously one of the great perks on being Vice-President of the United States is attending events like the Winter Olympics earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Now he represented the U.S. at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This was an event President Obama wanted very much to attend since his father was born in Kenya. Biden attended the kick-off match between South Africa and Mexico.