Canadian singer-songwriter, Nelly Furtado posted via Twitter early Monday morning that she intends to donate the $1-million she received for a performance she gave in 2007 to the family of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Furtado tweeted that she did a 45-minute performance for guests in an Italian hotel. The singer then added, “I am going to donate this $.” As of now, no official word has been released as to when and to whom the money will be donated. A representative of Universal Music informed fans that more information will be posted to Furtado’s Twitter page as it becomes available.
Many of the industry’s top ranked performers have been subject to scrutiny due to recent reports that the Gadhafi clan paid extensive amounts for artists to perform for numerous private functions in recent years.
Most of the criticism has come from within the music industry itself, with most of the backlash targeted at singers Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Usher. It has been reported that the artists performed for the Gadhafi family’s New Years Eve party. In the wake of the international judgment and condemnation of the Libyan government due to the deaths and violence toward anti-government protesters, the scrutiny has increased.