When it comes to concerts, Nicki Minaj is “worth her wait in gold” because her shows are always sold out.
The government in Trinidad feels like she over-charged for a concert held on the island Oct 30, 2010. The concert was held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain. Sources say the concert cost a whopping $800,000.
The government officials are unhappy with the cost of the concert and asking for an investigation into the event. Nicki Minaj walked away with $382,000 for her performance in the concert.
Here’s the complete story according to DrewReports:
Local artists were also featured on the bill for the concert held in Trinidad, but Minaj racked up the highest bill.
$382,000 was spent on the Young Money femcee and her entourage
$60,000 for hotel rooms at the local Hilton.
Other expenses included:
$150,000 on advertising,
$75,000 on the venue,
$32,000 to the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago,
$40,000 on other artists,
and $26,000 for “cultural acts.”
Sounds like they were over-spending to me, but here’s more:
Sources within the Trinidad government revealed that the funds came from the youth development budget, but an official argued that the event was more detrimental than beneficial, describing it as a “youth decay project.”
“All allegations are that a private individual is benefiting at the end of the day and putting money in his own pocket,” argued Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne.
“That must be a concern to every single citizen and it is something the Government has to respond to. They have been very silent so far on this matter and they seem very offended when legitimate questions are asked about this particular project.”
Darryl Braxton, of Project Records, refuted Browne’s claims of an attempted cover-up. Braxton also revealed that the event received sponsorships from local companies as well as the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, as well as his own financial contributions. “The show did not make any money. I did not make a cent. I am still owing money,” he said in an interview.
Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad but left the country as a child to move to Queens, New York. Footage from the concert was featured on the rapper’s MTV documentary ‘My Time Now.’
Wow, Nicki’s pulling in some serious money. It’s not her fault the government can’t figure out where the money came from.
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