There are lots of reasons why people feel the overwhelming need to take a trip to Las Vegas. The city is the site of countless bachelor and bachelorette parties, and things are likely to get crazy and more than a little confusing, as indicated in The Hangover movies. Several couples have decided to tie the knot in Las Vegas, as well. As a matter of fact, it’s the city most people are likely to elope in.
Las Vegas is also the ideal vacation spot for a girls’ or guys’ getaway. Even though the city is well-known for its casinos, there are plenty of other things to do in Vegas, like attending an entertaining show or doing some world-class shopping. The hotels ooze luxury as well, so a good portion of your vacation could be spent ordering room service, doing a few laps in the pool or getting a professional spa treatment. If you’re not quite sure what you’d like to do once you land in Vegas, a handy guide would definitely be helpful. The city has a number of well-known acts that have been staples in Las Vegas entertainment. Of course, there are also some new and innovative acts you won’t want to pass up. Here are 10 of the highest paid entertainers in Vegas.
10. Zoe Saldana
The actress who is known for her empowering and gritty roles makes around $25,000 when she appears at nightclubs in Las Vegas. Zoe Saldana is known for her roles in movies like Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Colombiana, but made her Hollywood debut with roles in the Britney Spears movie Crossroads and the ballet-themed film, Center Stage. She also starred in the TV adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby, which was made into a miniseries. The impressive sum that Saldana can demand for showing up in Vegas most likely comes in handy these days, since she recently gave birth to twin boys with her husband Marco Perego.
The only girl in the Black Eyed Peas has definitely made a name for herself outside of the band. She can ask for around $100,000 for a Vegas appearance, and she’s likely to get it. Fergie often visits Vegas with her band mates, and gets a pretty penny for performances at sites like 1 Oak at the Mirage. Fergie, who was once a member of the 1990s R&B group Wild Orchid, has enjoyed a successful career with hit singles such as London Bridge and Big Girls Don’t Cry, and has raked in a little extra cash due to her deal with Wet N’ Wild cosmetics.
8. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga puts on a show just by walking into a room, due to her zany outfits and outrageous accessories. So, it’s no surprise that she can easily command $100,000 or more for a Las Vegas appearance. The singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is well-known for her hits Poker Face and Bad Romance, and her shows are both entertaining and empowering, since it’s no secret that she’s a huge fan of equality and kindness. These days, you’re likely to find Lady Gaga performing a duet with legendary singer Tony Bennett. The two are heading to Vegas for a second time for their Cheek to Cheek tour.
The reigning queen of R&B, pop and soul gets more than $100,000 just for showing up in Vegas. So, it’s safe to conclude that she was paid far more than this for her I Am…Yours performance at the Wynn in Las Vegas. The performance was part of her I Am… tour in 2009, and she was backed by an all-female band. Some of the singer’s greatest hits are included in the performance, including Halo, Irreplaceable and Dangerously in Love. Beyonce also performed Sweet Love, a song originally recorded by Anita Baker, during the show. The singer stated that she wanted her Vegas show to be intimate and heartfelt, so that people would have a fulfilling and entertaining experience at the show.
6. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is a celebrity/public figure who can easily charge $100,000 or more for an appearance in Vegas. In addition to making public appearances, she also owns a clothing store with her sisters and has created several fragrances and cosmetic items with her famous siblings. It has also been reported that she earned $500,000 for her 34thbirthday celebration at Tao nightclub in Vegas. She wore a figure-fitting dress made of white lace to make the event especially fashionable, and her guests could enjoy champagne from gold bottles once she arrived at the party. Kardashian’s then-fiance Kanye West, was also at the festivities, which was likely a treat for party-goers.
5. Britney Spears
The reigning princess of pop has recently signed a new Vegas residency deal that has her making $475,000 per show. Sixty-six additional shows have also been added to Britney Spears’ contract, so by the time her residency is over, she will have performed at 140 shows and made approximately $66.5 million. This is a significant pay raise for Spears, who was previously earning $310,000 per show during her Pieces of Me residency in Las Vegas. Spears’ increase in pay puts her in the same income bracket as Celine Dion, who is also doing very well in Las Vegas in terms of her musical career. Britney’s show is filled with no shortage of muscle-bound backup dancers, as well as many of her classic hits, that will keep her fans going back for more.
4. Mariah Carey
The soprano songstress announced in January 2015, that she’ll be doing her first-ever residency in Vegas at Caesar’s Palace. Before she starts her official stint, she’ll be taking over for Celine Dion, who is taking a personal break for up to a year. Dion is most likely leaving the stage for a while to tend to her husband Rene, whose health is failing. The amount that Mariah Carey will be paid for her residency isn’t directly exposed, but it is believed that she’ll be making more than Britney Spears, who is making over $60 million for her total residency. Carey is believed to have been the reason for the first million dollar opening in Las Vegas when she performed at Pure nightclub, about a decade ago.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez definitely isn’t hurting for gigs these days. She was a judge on American Idol, has a clothing and fragrance line, and has co-founded a production company that is doing quite well. Lopez manages all of this while still juggling a lucrative movie and music career. Recently, the professional entertainer has announced that she too will have a long-standing Vegas show. Lopez will reportedly make $350 thousand per show, and she’ll perform at Planet Hollywood’s The Axis. This is also the site of the Britney Spears show. The Boy Next Door star is contracted to do 72 shows in Vegas three times a week for 24 weeks, so if you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas in the next year or two, you can make the Jennifer Lopez show part of your vacation.
2. Celine Dion
The French-Canadian songstress is worth $630 million, and was personally requested to perform at Circus Maximus at Caesar’s Palace, where she earned $476,000 per show! Celine Dion has had two residencies in Las Vegas since 2003, and she has met and exceeded all ticket sales and artistic expectations that has been placed on her as a performer on the Las Vegas strip. Celine Dion is also one of the few artists who has chosen to perform in Vegas at the height of her career, instead of booking a Vegas gig as a career comeback. Dion has incorporated Cirque du Soleil-style dancers and acrobats into her show, as well as a full orchestra and creative video work. Celine Dion’s Vegas residency has also inspired other artists such as Shania Twain, Elton John and Bette Midler to perform for extended periods of time in the city, as well.
1. Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks definitely has a sweet deal when it comes to performing in Vegas. Steve Wynn gave Garth Brooks a stage and a theater for performing, along with a private jet, so that Brooks can get from Vegas to his Oklahoma home in style. In return for such generosity, Brooks gives a fascinating and emotionally charged one-man show that tells a beautiful and layered story. The only prop onstage is his guitar, and he sings songs or parts of songs from artists who have inspired him, including James Taylor and George Jones. He also pokes a little fun at himself, stating that he can’t sing as well as Taylor Swift, and has a hard time tuning a guitar. Brooks was paid $100 million for his Vegas “residency,” along with the $15 million bonus for the private jet.
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