14 Crazy Celeb Appearance Fees

Rihanna gets paid how much to turn on Christmas lights?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2012 9:54 AM CDT
In this Aug. 31, 2006 file photo, Rihanna arrives at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, FILE)

(Newser) – Another reminder that you're not a celebrity: You don't get paid $8 million to switch on your Christmas lights. But that is how much Rihanna is reportedly getting paid to do just that at a London mall this holiday season. To be fair, she's giving a concert, too. Celebuzz rounds up 13 more celebrity appearance fees:

  • Beyoncé snagged $2 million to perform at a private St. Barts party on New Year's Eve.
  • Meanwhile, hubby Jay-Z got just $1 million to appear in Las Vegas for a New Year's Eve party.

  • Rutgers paid Snooki $30,000 to do a Q&A session—more than Toni Morrison got to speak there.
  • If, for some reason, you want Paris Hilton to come to your event, you'll have to pay $100,000.
  • To hear four songs from Mariah Carey, pony up $250,000.
  • Christina Aguilera got paid a cool million to appear at a private Halloween party for an hour.
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