Politically Controversial Performances

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  • Kanye West, Beyoncé, 50 Cent
  • Mariah Carey
  • Kanye West
  • Beyoncé
  • Usher
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Tina Turner
  • Ray Charles
  • James Brown
  • Michael Jackson
  • 50 Cent
  • Lionel Richie

Politically Controversial Performances

International gigs can get sticky when there's political controversy involved, and every so often music superstars learn this lesson the hard way.

Kanye West, Beyoncé and 50 Cent are just a few of the celebs who have pocketed big bucks for touching down in countries where human rights violations run rampant, usually at the hands of some of the world's most loathed dictators. Most have claimed to not be aware of the controversy until after the fact, but the backlash came nonetheless. Read on to see some examples of when stars might have inadvertently offended their political connects.

(Photos from left: EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT /LANDOV, Chris Graythen/Getty Images, Foc Kan/WireImage)

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