Sir Paul Mccartney - Stars Paid $1.60 To Perform At Olympics Opening Ceremony
British rockers Sir Paul Mccartney and the Arctic Monkeys were among the stars paid a token fee of $1.60 (£1) for their performances at the London Olympics opening ceremony on Friday (27Jul12).
Scottish soul sensation Emeli Sande and British rapper Dizzee Rascal also accepted the nominal payment for their services at the grand event, which took place at the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London.
Sande, who performed song Abide With Me during the spectacle, tells Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, "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."
And fellow performer Dizzee Rascal insists it was an honour to take part in the big show.
He adds, "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 ceremony, directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, was watched by around 27 million TV viewers in the U.K. and an estimated four billion people worldwide, giving the artists' profiles a huge boost around the globe.