Alicia Keys, the founder of Keep A Child Alive, held a benefit event in the United Kingdom with a planned scheduled special performance from George Michael. Michael backed out of the event due to a toothache, tweeting to his followers “Hi boyz n girls…bad news in afraid. This tooth ain’t getting better in time for tonight, not enough to sing anyway. I’m really sorry folks.”
George Michael’s choice not participate in the benefit hit a bad chord with Alicia Keys, even though she considered the charity event a success. Keys questioned George Michael’s absence of the event, writing on Twitter “#Blackball Uk was TREMENDOUS Success!!!! but one question…..what kind of person bails on 15million orphans……#GEORGEMICHAEL????;-(.”
The ball helped to raise funds which will provide support and treatment for individuals suffering from HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.