Gaddafi may not be winning points with philanthropists around the world, but his money could do some major good.
Whoops. Stars with their palms greased by the so-called "blood money" were quick to smack their foreheads with embarrassment. Many from within the music industry, as well the public, urged the musicians to do more by salvaging their decisions to perform for a violent dictator by using the money for positive change.
Responding to the calls to action, some stars have donated funds received by Gaddafi to various charities. Others have either promised or donated additional funds.
Check out who took the cash and what they are (or aren't) doing with it now.
"All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year's Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago." When it was revealed that she had performed at Mutassim Gaddafi's 2009 New Year's Eve party in St. Barts, Beyonce said she had already given away her funds to help Haiti earthquake victims through the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.
"I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations." According to The International Business Times, Usher said he was "troubled" over recent events and pledged to donate an undisclosed sum of money to charity. ABC News reports that money has been received by Amnesty International. In a statement, the organization said that it will be used to "support this urgent work to counter the brutal conditions like those imposed by Gadhafi and other leaders across the Middle East."
"In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $" Nelly Furtado announced via Twitter that she intends to donate all money received from a private show she performed for the Gaddafi family. No word has been released regarding the recipient of her promised donation.
"In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to UNICEF, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis." Fox News reports that 50 Cent will be donating to UNICEF. He performed at a private concert linked to Gaddafi during the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
"I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess ... 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." AP reports that Mariah Carey felt "horrible and embarrassed" to be involved, urging for artists to be held accountable. Cindi Berger, Carey's representative, did not comment on what is intended for the $1 million she allegedly received from Gaddafi, however she commented that all proceeds from the song "Save the Day" will be donated to various human rights initiatives.