Mega music stars Mariah Carey and Usher will follow in the leads of Nelly Furtado and Beyonce and donate money paid to them to perform for the Libyan dictator, Gaddafi’s family.
Carey said she had been “naive and embarrassed” to perform for a “vicious, crazy dictator” and added, “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”
Mariah was flown to the Caribbean island, St Barts and sang at a birthday gig.
“Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable.”
Mariah is planning on donating the proceeds from her next single, Save The Day to a charity supporting human rights issues, and will be joined by Usher in donating to charity.
Usher didn’t perform, but was paid to appear at a concert featuring Beyonce in 2009, which was organised privately for the dictator.
Usher is said to be “sincerely troubled” by the recent revelations, and plans to donate his appearance fee to human rights organisations.