NEW YORK, USA, Wednesday February 15, 2017 – If proof were ever needed of the gulf between success and critical acclaim, it came with Forbes magazine’s list of Top Paid Grammy Nominees 2017 and the eventual winners as determined by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.
Barbados’ superstar Rihanna was a good case in point, placing second on the Forbes list with a US$75 million fortune, yet failing to take home a single Grammy from Sunday’s awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
The Work singer banked her money from generating US$1.6 million per tour stop, streams and sales of her album Anti and endorsement deals with companies such as Puma, Samsung and Dior.
The pattern held with Sir Paul McCartney, who placed third on the Forbes list; country singer Kenny Chesney and Justin Bieber, who tied in fourth position; and The Weeknd in sixth place. Not one of them bagged a Grammy and Bieber didn’t even show up for the event.
Beyonce ranked seventh on Forbes’ rich list and broke the pattern with two Grammy wins: Best Urban Contemporary Album (Lemonade) and Best Music Video.
Neither Queen Bey’s husband Jay Z, nor Dr Dre, who took eighth and ninth place respectively on Forbes Top Paid List, succeeded in bagging an award.
Drake, who placed 10th on Forbes rich list, also scored in the awards, with Hotline Bling collecting gongs in the Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance categories.
British singer Adele nevertheless shattered the pattern, topping the Forbes list with a whopping US$80.5 million and snagging five Grammys (a total only equalled by the late David Bowie this year) including the prestigious Song of the Year and Record of the Year gongs (Hello) and Album of the Year (25).
The 28-year-old hitmaker raked-in her millions due to her wildly successful album and her massive sold-out tour, which Forbes estimated earned her US$3.8 million per city.
Forbes’ top-paid Grammy nominees list used figures from its ranking of the World’s Highest Paid Musicians, which measured pre-tax earnings from June 2015 through June 2016 before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers.
Taylor Swift, who was not nominated for a Grammy this year, is currently ranked as the World’s Highest-Paid Musician.