Sherali Joʻrayev (sometimes spelled Sherali Jurayev or Sherali Djuraev) (Uzbek: Sherali Joʻrayev, Шерали Жўраев) is a renowned Uzbek singer, songwriter, poet, and actor. He is a People's Artist of Uzbekistan. Joʻrayev was awarded People's Artist of the Uzbek SSR in 1987 and Alisher Navoiy State Prize in 1991. Although Sherali Joʻrayev is one of the most famous and influential singers in Uzbekistan, government authorities have banned his performances on all Uzbek TV channels as well as his public performances since 2002. President Islam Karimov is said to disapprove his critical lyrics. The singer avoids talking about it in public. He still performs at Uzbek wedding parties and in other countries to popular acclaim.