Politically Controversial Performances

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

Michael Jackson Moved to Bahrain

Michael Jackson took it a step further by actually moving to Bahrain, a nation known to torture political prisoners and monitor websites surrounding human rights complaints and legal opposition to the regime. MJ's living arrangements with friend Sheik Abdullah bin Hama al-Khalifa ended with a lawsuit against the King of Pop for taking money but never recording a promised album. They settled out of court in 2008. 

(Photo: REUTERS/Havakuk Levison)

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