The Musical Revolution Is 'HERE'

Alicia Keys with special guest Jay Z at the Alicia Keys Here in Times Square on Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Krista Schlueter/BET)

The Musical Revolution Is 'HERE'

Many artists like Alicia Keys have been vocal about the movements they are part of. Here’s a list of artists you may have not known are big on charity!

Published October 21, 2016

  1. Alicia Keys shuts down Times Square with a surprise concert that promoted peace, justice and equality
    Alicia Here in Times Square on Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Krista Schlueter/BET)
    (Photo: Krista Schlueter/BET)

    Alicia Keys stunned the crowd as she performed at a surprise concert in New York City's Times Square. The concert was created to promote peace, justice and equality. Keys's also entertained the audience as she spoke out about presidential candidate Donald Trump and his controversial conversations. 

  2. Jay Z and Beyoncé Hold a Tidal Charity Concert
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15:  Beyonce performs onstage during TIDAL X: 1015 on October 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)
    (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)

    Hip-hop's king and queen, Jay Z and Beyoncé held a Tidal Charity Concert to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation. The duo collaborates with this foundation to help fight against poverty in New York.

  3. Usher and his New Look charity
    ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 22:  Usher and the New Look Youth Leaders perform during Usher's New Look Foundation 2012 World Leadership conference on June 22, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Usher's New Look Foundation)
    (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Usher's New Look Foundation)

    Usher founded his "New Look" charity to help youth in aspects of leadership, career development and finding their right path. His foundation has been around for nearly 17 years.

  4. Rihanna Founds Clara Lionel Foundation
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 11:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Recording artist Rihanna performs at The Inaugural Diamond Ball presented by Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation at The Vineyard on December 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

    Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, which aims to fight against inequality, injustice, poverty and to promote education. Her foundation hosts the annual Diamond Ball, during which the singer performs for attendees.  

  5. SpreadLuv 2016 Tribute Concert
    (Photo: National Musuem of African American Music)

    The SpreadLuv 2016 Tribute Concert is a concert that focuses on raising awareness of musicians and visual artists in the African-American community. It tributes small and major artists while raising money for the National Museum of African American Music.

  6. John Legend Headlines Many Rivers to Cross Social Justice Festival
    FAIRBURN, GA - OCTOBER 02:  Singer John Legend performs onstage at 2016 Many Rivers To Cross Festival at Bouckaert Farm on October 2, 2016 in Fairburn, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    John Legend is not new to performing for charity events. One event he headlined for was the Many Rivers to Cross Social Justice Festival. The festival was founded by Harry Belafonte and focuses on human rights issues. 

  7. K. Camp puts on an annual Campsgiving Charity Concert
    MARIETTA, GA - NOVEMBER 25:  Rapper  K Camp performs onstate at K. Camp 1st Annual "Campsgiving" Charity Concert at Cobb County Civic Center on November 25, 2014 in Marietta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    K. Camp founded an annual charity concert, Campsgiving, that aims to gather gently used clothes, toiletries and toys to donate to homeless shelters.

  8. Common performs at benefit concert for Black Girls Code
    FAIRBURN, GA - OCTOBER 02:  Rapper Common performs onstage at 2016 Many Rivers To Cross Festival at Bouckaert Farm on October 2, 2016 in Fairburn, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

    Common performed at The Masonic for Black Girls Code, an organization that promotes technology education for African American girls.

  9. Janelle Monáe During #BlackLivesMatter Protest Event
    TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2015/08/13: While marching on Broadway through Times Square, protesters, including musician Jidenna (center, in white), sing Wondaland's new protest anthem, Hell You Talmbout." Members of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network held a rally in Times Square with Wondaland performers, including recording artists Jidenna and Janelle Monae, who performed their new protest song "Hell You Talmbout.". (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Janelle Monáe has been a strong advocate against the injustice that plagues the African-American community. She has been a vocal member in the #BlackLivesMatter movement through her music and attending protests.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo top: Krista Schlueter/BET)

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