No, Beyoncé did not refuse to perform at the Brit Awards unless they paid her £500,000.
Despite not attending the glitzy ceremony in person, Beyoncé had a stellar night at the 2023 Brits, taking home two awards.
The 41-year-old Crazy In Love hitmaker surprised London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night with sweet video messages, after bagging trophies for best international artist and international song of the year for Break My Soul.
Her presence was definitely missed, though, as Brits fans were desperate for Queen Bey to perform.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, with speculation later rising that this was because the Brits refused to pay her a large fee.
However, publicist Yvette Noel-Schure has since shut down the reports.
Replying to a fan account who tweeted the story, she wrote: ‘This is a lie. Please do not promote inaccuracies.’
It was initially reported that it would cost the biggest night in British music half a million pounds to host the singer and her entourage.
Bosses of the show were said to have hoped she would travel to London to perform at the show, alongside other acts including Harry Styles and
Outlets claimed that Bey demanded several suites at the Corinthia hotel in central London to host a team of around 40 people.
One source told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: ‘The whole production would have cost a fortune.
‘Beyoncé and her crew needed a huge team – this would have meant extra flights, accommodation and other costs. It became something that was just not justifiable in the end.
‘It was a huge shame, but the bosses thought that the line-up was
The Mail on Sunday added ‘high-level discussions had taken place last month between Beyoncé’s team, her record label Sony and Brits bosses’ before the idea of her performing was scuppered.
But, now we know there was no truth to the claims, and it seems Beyoncé simply had other engagements, or she wanted to celebrate her big wins at home in the States.
Beyoncé, who has sold nearly 40million albums and has 32 Grammy awards, still ensured she took time to address her fans across the pond, though.
She said in her video acceptance speech: ‘Thank you, thank you so much for loving Break My Soul.
The only intention for this song was to dance, so thank you for joining this dance of freedom and individuality… I hope you’re all having a beautiful night. Thank you and see you soon.’
Of course, the ‘see you soon’ refers to her highly-anticipated Renaissance World Tour, which kicks off later this year and will see Beyoncé perform in London for five dates, after selling out tickets in lightning speed.
Other big winners of this year’s Brits included As It Was singer Harry, who took home all four awards he was nominated for: best pop/R&B act, song of the year, artist of the year and, the big one, album of the year, in what has surely been a dreamy week for the star after he also took home two Grammys.
Wet Leg also had a great night, taking home two gongs: best group and best new artist.