Artists join Florida boycott

Some of the music industry’s heavy hitters are joining Stevie Wonder‘s Florida boycott following the Zimmerman acquittal in the death of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. Industry giants Usher, Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones, *Jay Z, *Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Madonna, *Rihanna, Mary Mary, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, and many more have pledged not to perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground laws have been lifted in that state.

Oddly missing from the list of famous names are Jay Z’s wife Beyonce and Kanye’s baby mama Kim Kardashian.

The Florida boycott will cost the state of Florida millions of dollars in lost revenue and taxes — if the artists remain committed to the cause. But some artists are already waffling on their decision to join the boycott.

According to the Huffington Post, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake will still perform their ‘Legends of the Summer’ Tour on August 16 at Sun Life Stadium, and Rihanna’s reps are saying she never joined the boycott. Expect others to follow suit once the media attention dies down and the reality of losing money dawns on them. Celebrities are famous for being bandwagon jumpers.

Below is the list of names of artists who have joined the boycott. An asterisk next to their name means the Huffington Post is unsure if they have joined the boycott.

  • Mary Mary
  • Eddie Levert
  • Rod Stewart
  • Madonna
  • Usher
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Kanye West
  • Mary J Blige
  • Trey Songz
  • Jay Z *
  • Rolling Stones
  • Justin Timberlake *
  • R. Kelly
  • Rihanna *
  • Alicia Keys
  • Joe
  • Will I AM
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Young Jeezy
  • Erykah Badu
  • Wale
  • Frankie Beverly
  • Parliament
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