The government commission that oversees public performances in the Spanish-speaking country scrapped the concert, which was originally scheduled for September 13, on “morality grounds.”
Detailing the reason for the ban, the commission said in a statement that Cyrus often, in its words, “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.”
Many critics have decried Cyrus’ onstage antics, including crotch-grabbing and exaggerated twerking, as vulgar.
Tickets for the ill-fated concert in Santo Domingo ranged in price from US$27 to US$370, and have been on sale since July.
In the past, the government commission has banned songs it deems vulgar from the airwaves, including some by Calle 13 of Puerto Rico.
The ban is unlikely to phase the “Wrecking Ball” girl, who was named MTV’s Best Artiste of 2013, and whose riveting duet with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) became one of last year’s most talked-about entertainment events.
According to MTV, the VMA duet on “Blurred Lines” and “We Can’t Stop” was 2013’s most watched video on its websites. The MTV artiste site devoted to Cyrus had more visits than any other artiste’s, moreover.
In addition to “We Can’t Stop,” the song “Wrecking Ball” and album “Bangerz” were megahits for Cyrus, who also chalked-up memorable appearances on Saturday Night Live and MTV’s European Music Awards (EMA) show.