Rihanna Ends Hiatus for Wedding with Lucrative Paycheck

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.04 - 2024 11:19 AM CET

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Rihanna returned to the stage after nearly eight years for an exclusive Ambani wedding concert in India, earning an estimated $5 to $9 million for her performance.

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The superstar, at 36, sang live for the first time in nearly eight years at a grand event, except for her appearances at the 2023 Super Bowl and the Oscars. This exclusive show was for the pre-wedding celebration of Anant Ambani, the youngest of the Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's children, and his fiancée, Radhika Merchant, in Jamnagar, India.

Among the 1,200 guests were big names like Mark Zuckerberg and Ivanka Trump, as well as stars from Bollywood.

Rihanna entertained them with a 19-song performance that included her big hits "Umbrella," "Diamonds," and "Work," as reported by NME. The concert featured other favorites like "We Found Love" and "Stay," and wrapped up with the Ambani family joining her on stage.

Rihanna expressed her honor in performing for Anant and Radhika, wishing them well in their future together.

A Lucrative Payday

It's rumored that Rihanna's performance earned her between $5 and $9 million. Sources suggest the figure might be between $8 and $9 million, according to India Today, while The Daily Mail proposed a starting fee of around $6 million. Given the wedding's lavish budget, rumored to be around $120 million, these figures seem plausible.

The three-day celebration is nothing short of lavish, a hallmark of the Ambani family's events. Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Industries and worth $113 billion, is known for extravagant celebrations. The family reportedly spent nearly $100 million on Isha Ambani's wedding.

The Ambanis have a history of inviting superstars to their events, with previous performances by Beyoncé, Chris Martin, The Chainsmokers, and Adam Levine at their family weddings.