Mariah Carey wants to make things right after accepting $1 million to perform for family members of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi at a 2009 New Year’s party in St. Barts.
The singer released a statement regarding the performance that reads: “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable.”
Carey, 41, who is expecting twins with husband Nick Cannon , told Showbiz411.com that after the birth of her children, she plans to record a new song called “Save the Day,” the proceeds of which will go entirely to human rights charities.
But Carey isn’t the only artist with regrets about performing for and receiving money from the Gaddafi family. In February, Nelly Furtado tweeted, “In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $.”
Following suit, on Wednesday, Beyoncé ‘s camp announced that the star, who performed at the same 2009 bash as Carey, already donated her $1 million paycheck to a good cause.
“All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year’s Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago. Once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the Qaddafi family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause,” the singer’s spokesperson said.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Usher and Lionel Richie were also part of the Gadhafi-funded party (which, according to Rolling Stone, was also attended by Jay-Z, Miranda Kerr, Lindsay Lohan and Russell Simmons), but their reps have not yet commented on whether they too will donate their money.
Rolling Stone also reported that in 2005, rapper 50 Cent performed before Gadhafi’s son Muatassim at the Venice Film Festival.
Music agent Dennis Arfa shared his opinion with RS regarding musicians taking part in private performances. “I don’t think most artists go into [performing at a party like this] with that kind of in-depth focus, [of] how each country is governed and what goes on inside each country,” he said. “Not every artist is a humanitarian. In more cases than not, for people, greed rules.”
Gadhafi is currently being investigated for alleged war crimes, including the ordering of the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. In addition to freezing his assets, the Obama administration has called for the dictator, who has ruled in Libya for over 40 years, to step down.