Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Charity donation ... Nelly Furtado to give away Gaddafi concert fee.

Nelly Furtado at the Latin Grammys 2010
Four years after she performed at a private concert for Libya's Gaddafi family, singer Nelly Furtado has announced that she will donate the $1m (£615,500) fee to charity. Furtado's decision has intensified the spotlight on other pop stars, including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Usher, who performed at parties for the sons of Muammar Gaddafi.
"In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy," Furtado wrote on Twitter on Sunday night. "I am going to donate the $." Furtado's announcement is no small thing – money aside, it is tied up in both international and show business politics. For unknown reasons, Furtado's tweet was deleted on Monday morning but reinstated in the afternoon. According to Furtado's label, the Maneater singer will soon reveal which charity will be the beneficiary of the Gaddafi concert fee.
However, other stars who performed for the Gaddafi family in recent years have refused to comment on whether they will donate their fees or not.

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