Nelly Furtado Admits She Performed for Gadhafi; Will Donate Her $1 Million Paycheck to Charity

Pop singer volunteers the information about performing for the Libyan leader herself, now intends to donate the money to charity

By Marianne Garvey Mar 01, 2011 6:42 PMTags
Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Usher Jim Spellman/; Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Dimitrios Kambouris/; Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Whoa Nelly!

Nelly Furtado took to the Twitterwaves today to admit she was paid $1 million for a private performance for Moammar Gadhafi's clan in 2007. But unlike other pop stars who received fat checks for entertaining the Libyan dictator's family, Furtado announced she'll donate her earnings to charity. (She has not yet specified which one.)

"In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy," the songbird wrote on Monday. "I am going to donate the $."

Now other superstars who performed for the embattled African president's family are being pressured to donate their party paychecks...

According to Rolling Stone, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent are being urged by their industry peers to channel their earnings to humanitarian causes.

The music biz condemnation comes in response to WikiLeaks reports that in 2009, Beyoncé and Usher were paid $1 million to put on a personal New Year's Eve concert for Gadhafi's son, Mutassim, in St. Barts. The Gadhafis also tossed Carey $1 million to perform four songs for them last year at a bash on the same Caribbean island. In 2006, the family flew Lionel Richie to Libya for a performance.

Furtado made the first move; time will tell whether any other artists will be swayed to "make good" on their lucrative Libyan gigs.