The Olympic ceremony may have cost around 27 million pounds, but Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande and all the other musicians who performed only received £1 as payment. Yes you read that right, £1. Not even enough to buy a happy meal.
Sande, who performed a stunning rendition of Abide With Me, revealed to the Evening Standard:
I got paid £1 for my work. It’s there in print and I know because I signed the contract myself. Mind you, I haven’t received anything yet! When I do, though, that £1 will be truly special. Part of what made the whole event so special was the volunteers who were paid nothing and even paid for their own accommodation. It shows how important art is.
Well you probably have a million in your bank so it’s nothing to you right? Dizzee also said that he felt honoured to have been a part of the ceremony.
I feel honoured and humbled to have been asked to be involved. The energy in the stadium was unreal. These opportunities only come by once in a lifetime and to be part of it was an unforgettable experience.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games admitted that well-known artists played for £1 and professional dancers and actors were paid the going rate.