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Legendary recording artist, R. Kelly, sat backstage after refusing to perform as a result of non-payment.

The R&B hit maker traveled all the way to Arizona to headline an event known as Soulfest. Hundreds of adoring fans waited anxiously in the cold and rain for nearly 20 minutes before discovering that R. Kelly would not be performing.

Shortly after the decision was made, R. Kelly is seen talking to his team stating that he was forced to “make an example” out of the situation.

“I gotta let y’all know, unfortunately, I’m not gonna be able to perform even though I’m right here in my trailer and I’m ready to go on stage. But I just got bad news that my management never told me, that they did not give me my money. I haven’t gotten no money for doing this show…” R. Kelly addresses fans in a video. “They told me they had the money, so when I got here, the money wasn’t here. So it’s nothing personal against my fans. This is business, y’all. And I hope y’all understand. You know, when they get they money up and they ready to do business and do business correct, R. Kelly will be back here in Arizona to give y’all the best show you ever seen in your life. I love y’all and once again I’m sorry.”

R. Kelly stated that the promoters of the show, otherwise known as the Northwest Black History Committee, had not paid him as they originally agreed.

 

Do you think this situation was a result of janky promotion? Did R. Kelly do the right thing in this case? Comment your thoughts below.

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