Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Usher and 50 Cent are a few of the acts who have reportedly been paid up to $1 million to perform in Libya, albeit before this year’s violent government crackdown.
Only a few months back, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lopez was offered a $2 million gig performing for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, though her producing partner Simon Fields staunchly denies the offer.
The source says Lopez immediately turned it down, probably realizing it could be politically treacherous and ill-received.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Furtado have given their money to charity
-- and Carey spoke out Wednesday through her publicist: "I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately, we as artists are to be held accountable."
Carey's representative, Cindi Berger, would not comment on how much Carey was paid for the performance (The New York Times reports she earned $1 million for just four songs).
Carey 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.