Do Artists Get Paid To Perform At the Grammys?

Every year when award season is in full swing there are a couple questions fans have about the celebrities who host, perform, and present the hardware during the broadcast. One of the questions that always comes up is what they are paid for those gigs.

Now we’re revealing if everyone gets paid and how much they make to rock the house or get some laughs out of the crowd.

GRAMMY Award being held at The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017
The Grammys have switched to an online voting process. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS

Do Grammy performers get paid?

To answer that burning question about the artists performing on music’s biggest night the answer is no, they do not get paid. However, there is an incentive for them to take the stage. Forbes previously noted that over the years singers and songwriters who do so often see what’s known as the “Grammy Bounce,” which could boost their ticket sales by more than 50%.

Musicians don’t walk away with an actual check for winning a Grammy either but that also usually has a very a positive impact on their career. Take Bruno Mars for example, after winning his first Grammy, his average nightly gross “swelled from $130,000 to $202,000.”

There is one award show where artists do earn a paycheck and that is the Oscars. Musical acts who perform their nominated songs make between $2,400 and $5,000.

How about the presenters?

As far as the presenters go, according to actress Tiffany Haddish who gave out an award at the Oscars in 2018, presenters at these shows don’t get paid either.

Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET

“I didn’t get paid for [presenting]. I didn’t get nothing,” Haddish told ET, adding that she would consider appearing at the Academy Awards again or even hosting for the right price. “If I get paid, I’m down. ‘Cause, you know, I got bills to pay. I gotta pay for these dresses.”

We’re not sure if she was joking but keep in mind that at all of these ceremonies no one actually goes home empty-handed. Everyone in attendance is given a gift bag which is filled with everything from teeth-whitening products to jewelry to designer leather bags.

What do award show hosts make?

Award show hosts do receive a paycheck but how much depends on which show.

Hosting the Tony Awards, for example, apparently pays the least. In 2016, Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming told Page Six that they were only paid $2,700 each for hosting duties.

The entertainer who agrees to host the Academy Awards, however, makes around $15,000 as Jimmy Kimmel revealed to Variety. That said, Oscars hosts make far less than the producers who work on the show that night as they pull down $100,000 apiece.

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