Talk about Southern hospitality.
A 15-minute performance for the University of Georgia made rapper Ludacris a whopping $65,000 dollars.
Ludacris, real name Christopher Bridges, was the musical act for the university’s annual G-Day event, a spring football intra-squad game. He signed on to perform just two days before the April 16 event.
The rapper performed hits “Yeah” and “Stand up” to 93,000 screaming fans at the Stanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The turnout was a success for Kirby Smart, coach of the University of Georgia team.
“I tell you what: For the fan base to come out to support our program and to support our kids the way they did, it touches me in my heart and makes a special moment,” Smart told ESPN after the game. “There were a lot of doubters out there. A lot of doubters that said it couldn’t be done, they won’t come, said they’ll find something else to do and stay in Atlanta.”
He added: “But they came. They came in droves, and I appreciate that more than they know.”
For the Georgia transplant to perform, needs of his rider—a set of demands that a performer sets as criteria for a show—must be met. He requested a 10 person dinner that consisted of steamed grilled chicken, steamed brown rice, wheat pasta, and baked sweet potatoes. He also requested two packs of AA batteries, organic peanut butter, five wash cloths, two bottles of Conjure Cognac, and an iron plus ironing board.
Ludacris is set to host the 2016 Billboard Music Awards with singer Ciara on May 22.