An all-star cast of celebrity singers will be participating in Russia’s first-ever Miss Universe beauty pageant in November, including Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice from the Spice Girls, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and… Emin. That’s not a typo: Eminem will not be performing. Instead, Emin Ağalarov, the 33-year-old son of an Azeri billionaire will be taking to the stage at the pageant.
Emin may not be a household name, at least not outside of Russia and Azerbaijan, but he has some pretty strong links to the pageant. Not only does last year’s Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo feature in his music video for Amor, his billionaire father Aras Ağalarov owns Crocus Group, a holding company whose portfolio includes Crocus City Hall, where the pageant will be held.
Brown will host the pageant along with MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, while Tyler, a former judge on American Idol, will head the panel of judges. US rock group Panic! At the Disco will also be performing.