When the news hit town, there were mixed reactions. It was said that some Nigerian celebrities, who travelled the United States to attend the last Grammy Awards ceremony, were reportedly barred from the event because they couldn’t afford to pay $4,000 for a table.
As soon as the news went viral on the social media, many wondered if the celebrities were invited for the show.
While they could rationalise the presence of the duo of Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye of Prime Time Entertainment at the event, not a few claimed that artistes like Kcee, Julius Agwu, Harrysong, Seyi Shay and Dencia, who was mistaken for Nicki Minaj, had gone only to show off.
However, the celebrities, who are rankled by this seeming insult, stated their own side of the story.
Julius Agwu said: “I had a pass already into the Grammy, so also other celebrities. We arrived the venue in a limo and walked through the red carpet. However, we can’t deny the fact that we are not known as celebrities. We might be big in Nigeria, but nobody knew us there. Maybe that’s why we just entered the venue, just as every other person that attended.”
In his comment, Adeneye, alias D1, said: “I don’t know why we (Nigerians) like spreading rumours. What do we intend to gain from spreading falsehood? I’m not happy about it; I must confess. This is because you can’t get to the red carpet without an invitation. In fact, you need to get an invitation and tickets are not being sold. You can’t even work freely on the street when you don’t have business at the Grammy. You can’t snap pictures inside the hall. Pictures are not allowed, except at the red carpet. It’s part of the rules.”
Ayo Animashaun, chief executive officer of Smooth Productions, explained: “Let me correct that impression. They don’t sell tables at the Grammy. We were invited. In fact, we drove our limo to the red carpet. You can’t even get to the red carpet without an invitation and once you get to the red carpet, you have access to the main hall. So, it’s a rumour.”