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Featured In Meaww: Who is Kelly Kurdi? ‘WAP’ ASL Interpreter for Megan Thee Stallion at Lollapalooza Goes Viral

A split screen shows a screncapture of Kelly interpreting WAP on the left and Kelly wearing pink, holding the ASL Starbucks mug while signing "ILY" to the camera.

Kelly Kurdi, an American Sign Language translator, is giving credit where credit is due after receiving significant praise for her dramatic interpretation of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP' at Lollapalooza, news outlets revealed on Tuesday, August 3.


A video of Kurdi signing along to the rap duo's sex-positive summer hit at Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival over the weekend had racked up over 9 million views on TikTok as of Tuesday morning. Since the release of the music video in 2020, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's breakthrough single 'WAP' has gotten a lot of attention — and a lot of flak — for being sexually graphic.


During Megan's performance at the Lollapalooza music festival on August 1, an American Sign Language interpreter stood at her side to translate the song for the hearing impaired. However, the raunchy lyrics are now causing a stir. Here's what we found out about Kurdi.


Who is Kelly Kurdi?

Kelly Kurdi is an American Sign Language interpreter. According to her LinkedIn profile, which shies away from providing too much information, Kurdi is a freelance interpreter based in Houston. According to ASL Grades, she holds a 'State license for TX: Level I, Basic' certification. She also features in fellow music interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego's website under her 'Music Family'. As per AI, she founded ASL Music Camp with Galloway Gallego and Rocco Lauricella. "We work with a team of deaf artists including Shaheem Sanchez, Warren Snipe, Reginald Green, and Jo Rose B. We train deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing interpreters to become experts in the field of music interpreting," Lauricella told AI.


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