Beenie Man was to perform with Nicki Minaj on BET’s 106 & Park tonight but without a US work permit, that’s just not gonna happen.
The Grammy-winning “King Of the Dancehall” would have perfromed “Gunshot” which he recorded Anchor Recording Studions in St. Andrew some weeks aback. The song is featured on Nicki’s Pink Friday: Roman Rloaded album which drops today in the US
According to Claude Mills Beenie Man’s publicist, management agreed to the performance NOT KNOWING that he could not perform without the visa; and was advised SUNDAY by a visa consultant that he would violate his US visa by performing on the show.
“Whenever you do a live performance on BET or MTV, you are paid a performance royalty and that would be deemed work,”
OK Can we call bullshit here? First of all bad bad bad move by management. Do you guys recall that in September last year Beenie Man was on the Reggae Rhythm & Blues Festival in NY and did not perform for that very reason? meaning he did not perform because he did not have a permit. So having been through that process of knowing that any performance done by the artist where he will receive monetary benefit, whether in cash or royalties, how can you now say oh we didn’t know. Like that’s your j-o-b son.
I am also based on the publicists words that they did not specifically request a permit specifically for the performance and if they had done so, I would think they would consult with the visa expert before Sunday.
Beenie Man (real name Moses David) has been on 106 & Park twice before so maybe its not a big deal, but considering that Nicki Minaj is the one of, if not the hottest urban artist out on the scene right now; performing with her on a popular show the day her album comes out is a pretty sweet opportunity.
Beenie is working on his album which will feature some international acts. This easter weekend he will be very busy with performances in Portland on Friday; two days later he will be in action at the Cran Wata Boston Jerk Festival. Easter Monday will see Beenie Man at the International Kite Festival in St Ann, then later on in the evening he is scheduled to perform in St Catherine at the Portmore Seafood Festival.
It’s not confirmed if he will still appear on the show.
Via [Jamaica Observer]