Here’s why Oscars’ 1st transgender nominee Anohni will boycott event

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Washington D.C., Feb. 28(ANI): Anohni, the first transgender performer ever nominated for an Oscar, will be boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards.but why?

The ‘Best Original Song’ nominee explained her decision in an essay, saying she was hurt for not getting a call for performing at the award evening, reports Us Magazine.

“I am the only transgendered performer ever to have been nominated for an Academy Award, and for that I thank the artists who nominated me, I was in Asia when I found out the news. I rushed home to prepare something, in case the music nominees would be asked to perform. Everyone was calling with excited congratulations,” the 44-year-old singer wrote.

“A week later, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga and The Weeknd were rolled out as the evening’s entertainment with more performers ‘soon to be announced.’ Confused, I sat and waited. Would someone be in touch? But as time bore on I heard nothing. I was besieged with people asking me if I was going to perform,” she added.

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Anohni, formerly known as Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, is nominated for ‘Manta Ray,’ her collaboration with J. Ralph from the film ‘Racing Extinction.’ (ANI)

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