The Black Eyed Peas Reportedly Played Super Bowl Halftime Show For Free

Despite one of the biggest stages on the televised calendar, the Peas - and past acts, rock for free.

Last night, the Black Eyed Peas performed at the Super Bowl halftime show. The veteran Hip Hop-turned-Pop group played catalog hits like "I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow" and "Where Is The Love," in addition to covers of hits by Guns N' Roses and Billy Medley & Jennifer Warnes. While the Peas had one of their biggest audiences to date, the Interscope Records act did not charge to perform.

Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg reports that despite mid-six-figure performance fees, the multi-platinum group performed free of charge last night. The article reveals an analysists' explanation as to why the top-earning performers (and halftime shows of yesteryear) benefit from the appearance.

In November of 2010, the Black Eyed Peas released their latest work, The Beginning.

Read the full Forbes article here.

27 Comments

  • Wack eyed peas

    They should have paid us for having to watch such a terrible performance!

  • Anonymous

    they only saying that because the performance was fucking horrible they looked like mighty morphin power rangers for fucks sakes hahahaha and whats her name raped the national anthem it was a fuckin mess did that hoe say she didnt get paid ether hahahaha good game though hahahaha

  • L-Boogie

    Kenneth Thomas is so hot. Let's have sex while jackin' off to my Nas porn collection.

  • kevin

    maybe they should have paid them a little money maybe they wouldnt have called it in or at least paid a good sound crew and a musical director. And what was with there outfits its the same outfits that they been wearing for about a year now they outfitted 50 dancers but didnt freshen there look

  • dazeone

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8PsQ1qHBb0 They dope....check out their old stuff, freestyles and they can all dance

  • LoL

    Well, you get what you pay for.

  • Clarence Rogers

    they shoulda...shit was wack!

  • Nico 3

    They probably get paid on the back end after all of the commercial revenue gets totaled up. No way they did that for free.

  • For that performance...

    They should've paid them to sing a bunch of lyrics that nobody knows, have two of the members do nothing but hop up and down for a 15 minutes, then let everybody get upstaged by the guest performances of Slash and Usher. Wait...

  • jay-z

    look at will i am cover his right eye illuminati shit rite there

  • sks706

    Who the hell's buyin' they shit in the first place? That was the first time I actually listened to the Black Eyed Pussies, and I WILL NEVER WANT TO HEAR THAT SHIT AGAIN. To me, that was just jumpin' around, singing with autoune and expensive bells, whistles, glo-sticks & fireworks. And to top it all off, they all came out there dressin' like Janet Jackson at her Super Bowl performance. The only rap group I thought that sounded good when they did that futuristic type space shit was Outkast back in '96 (15 FUCKIN YEARS AGO). That was, by far, the worst Super Bowl halftime show I've seen.

    • Anonymous

      Just cause they are worldwide doesn't mean they are any good. There's no way you could honestly say that they did a standup job last night. That shit was garbage and the world wide web agrees.

    • DickDasterdly

      The Peas are worldwide bitch. Millions of people are buying it. Get your facts straight.

  • Hypestyle

    Props to the Peas for showcasing hip hop at a venue like the superbowl. But if they didn't get paid, what about their dancers and personnel? hopefully they were compensated..

  • Anonymous

    They got their money from it Go over to Itunes, both their last albums jumped like a motherfucker on the sales charts, they knew what they were doing, Free or not, there's no publicity bigger then the Super Bowl And Yes, I know they suck before you all bombard me with faggot ass replies, I'm not defending their music, just discussing the buisness aspects of why performing for free was a smart play for them

    • genius

      Well said. No way they didnt get something outta that. Smart comment. You obviously know what you are talking about.

  • Anonymous

    i heard people saying how bad they were, and im like you're just figuring this out now? they have been trash forever

  • poison posies

    Free? I guess we got what we paid for because their performance stunk. Big time.

  • chuck cheezy

    that aint news. no superbowl act gets paid. never did never will. the black eyed peas sucked ass

  • XO

    Yea man it was bad Check this track out... http://soundcloud.com/xorockstarmuzik/fire-in-my-shades Be apart of something greater...

  • perfect hair forever

    god i hope it was free they were absolutely awful.

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