A campaign to stop the controversial rapper entering the country fails...

EMINEM has been granted a visa to perform in Australia, despite a campaign to stop the controversial rapper entering the country.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the rapper’s first visit to the country caused controversy even before his arrival to play two live shows.

He is set to appear at the at the Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Park on July 26, and the Sydney Superdrome the following night.

Lobby groups such as the Australian Family Association, as well as a number of high profile MPs have backed a campaign to block his entry.

However, a statement from the Australian Immigration Minister’s office was issued to local media yesterday. It confirmed that a visa has been granted and as a result the shows will go ahead.

According to the Australian news network www.news.com.au, the statement said: “The minister made it plain to Mr Mathers that the grant of a visa for Australia carried with it a responsibility of respect for our multicultural society and values and the need to avoid vilifying or inciting discord in segments of the Australian community to the point where a potentially dangerous disturbance resulted.”

If Eminem does not head to the conditions, his visa could be cancelled.