Usher who performed for the Gadhafi royal family in a concert in St Barts, has said he will give his fee for the concert to Human Rights Charities. Usher is troubled by the conflict in Libya, and has followed other pop starts Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Nelly Furtado in renouncing their performance linking them to Gadhafi.
Usher has opted to donate his fee from a concert held by the relatives of Muammar al-Gaddafi to charity. The ‘OMG’ singer follows in the footsteps of performers such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado, by admitting to performing in front of the Libyan leader’s family for a substantial fee.
All three of the female superstars have since pledged to give the money they received to good causes, following the ongoing unrest throughout the country and a significant portion of the Middle East.
ABC News quotes a statement from the R&B performer, which confirms: “I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Bart’s event that took place on New Year’s Eve 2009. I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organisations.”
A representative for Usher claimed that the star has already made a donation to Amnesty International and will continue to give to human rights charities for the rest of 2011Usher did not perform but was paid to appear at the private concert featuring Beyonce in 2009. “I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Bart’s event that took place on New Year’s Eve 2009,” he said in a statement released to The Associated Press.
“I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations.” The statement said Usher made a contribution Friday to Amnesty International, which the organization confirmed. The group said Usher requested the donation amount be private.
“Amnesty International activists are working globally to press the international community to support Middle East activists … Usher’s donation will support this urgent work to counter the brutal conditions like those imposed by Gadhafi and other leaders across the Middle East,” a statement from the organization said.
Since the uprising in Libya, attention has focused on entertainers paid by the Gadhafi family for private concerts. Furtado acknowledged getting $1 million which she promised to give to charity.
Beyonce said she donated her fees to Haiti earthquake relief once she discovered the Gadhafi link. Carey said she was unaware of whom she was performing for and “embarrassed.” She announced she will donate royalties for the song “Save the Day,” which she has written for her upcoming album, to charities that create awareness for human-rights issues.