Politically Controversial Performances

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

Mariah Carey  President José Eduardo dos Santos, the Qaddafi Family

Mariah Carey was taken to task for collecting $1 million in performance fees from Angolan despot José Eduardo dos Santos. The show was made all the more controversial because she publicly apologized for the time when she unknowingly performed for the Qaddafi family in 2009. Carey said she felt "horrible and embarrassed" once she learned of the Qaddafi link to the party. 

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