Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it .
The talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer, contacted Justin’s people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.
The promoter assured Justin’s people the event was “not political” and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies.
According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid “up front” before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses.
It represented the biggest single payday ever for Justin. Or, for that matter, just about any other singer, and he seriously considered doing it, partly because he’s Canadian and didn’t have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.
Manager Scooter Braun, a big Hillary Clinton supporter who even held a fundraiser for her at his L.A. home, had big problems with the offer as did CAA. Scooter and CAA felt, regardless of the representations, this was “100 percent political.”
In the end, Justin turned the offer down.