Politically Controversial Performances

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

Ray Charles South Africa During Apartheid

Music legend Ray Charles was boycotted in 1986 over a performance in South Africa during apartheid. Protesters accused Charles of defying U.N. sanctions by performing in the country in 1981.

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