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Georgia paid Ludacris $65,000 to perform before G-Day spring game

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Ludacris performs at G-Day

Atlanta rap artist Ludacris performs pregame entertainment at the UGA spring game.
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Atlanta rap artist Ludacris performs pregame entertainment at the UGA spring game.

Ludacris saved the day for Georgia when it came to providing a pre-game concert for the fans.

It didn't come cheap, either.

The University of Georgia Athletic Association paid Ludacris and his crew $65,000 for the 15-minute performance he put on before the G-Day spring game kicked off, according to a contract obtained via the Open Records Act. Georgia also provided local ground transportation for the show.

A week ago, athletic director Greg McGarity said Georgia would not be able to put on a pre-game concert even though it had previously stated it would be able to. Negotiations with other acts had apparently fallen through. That's when Ludacris' representation called Georgia to inquire any interest.

Ludacris went through a 15-minute medley of his hits in front of a packed stadium Saturday, including "Stand Up," "What's Your Fantasy?" and "Money Maker."

In the accompanying hospitality rider, Georgia either provided dinner for at least 10 people or paid $40 per person for a meal instead. If dinner was served, this included grilled chicken breast, wheat pasta, steamed brown rice and vegetables, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, two fresh fruit trays, a salad bowl and two platters of drumette style wings.

In Ludacris' dressing room for the event, Georgia provided a multitude of items ranging from assorted snacks, six Hanes t-shirts, vodka, cognac, wine, tequila and batteries.

The athletic association also agreed to stock a box of Trojan Magnum condoms in the room.

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