It’s been a few years since Mariah Carey performed for the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at a party in the Caribbean in 2006, but the pregnant singer is only now realising the mistake she made in accepting at $1 million pay cheque to sing four songs. Understandably, five years ago it would’ve been hard to know that the people you were entertaining would turn out to be murderous dictators (following the recent slaughters in Libya) and in light of the events Mariah issued a statement, saying:
I was naïve 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.
Other performers who have received large fees from the Libyan dictator include Beyoncé, Nelly Furtado, Usher and 50 Cent. Earlier in the week they were called to donate the money they’d earned to charity, and Beyoncé’s rep said her payment was donated to earthquake relief efforts for Haiti over a year ago. Nelly has also given away her share for singing at a party in 2007.