The world's most expensive wedding singers

The Rolling Stones charge £5 million (NZ$12m) to perform at weddings. Photo / Greg Bowker
The Rolling Stones charge £5 million (NZ$12m) to perform at weddings. Photo / Greg Bowker

The Rolling Stones charge £5 million (NZ$12m) to perform at weddings.

The ageing rockers – made up of frontman Sir Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood - have been named the world's most expensive wedding act, ahead of Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue who only demand £2 million to play at nuptials.

In 2002 the Sympathy for the Devil hitmakers - who refuse to perform private shows unless they are already on tour - charged the enormous sum to play a 90-minute set at a lavish party in the US.

Candle in the Wind singer Elton scooped £1.5 million in 2001 after singing along to his piano for a private bash.

However, the pop icon donates all earnings from private concerts to his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, rather than pocket the huge sums.

In the poll - commissioned to celebrate Living TV's Four Weddings series, which airs on Mondays in the UK - US songstress Christina Aguilera was named the fourth priciest performer at £1.5 million a show while British pop star George Michael bags £1.3 million for a private concert.

Troubled Rehab starlet Amy Winehouse, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, X Factor winner Leona Lewis and US star Jennifer Lopez can each demand £1 million for a post-nuptials performance.

The world's 12 most expensive wedding performers, according to Living TV:

1. The Rolling Stones - up to £5 million (NZ$12m)

2. Sir Elton John - up to £2 million (NZ$4.7m)

- Kylie Minogue - up to £2 million (NZ$4.7m)

4. Christina Aguilera - up to £1.5 million (NZ$3.6m)

5. George Michael - £1.3 million (NZ$3.1m)

6. Amy Winehouse - £1 million (NZ$2.5m)

- Sir Paul McCartney - £1 million (NZ$2.5m)

- Leona Lewis - £1 million (NZ$2.5m)

- Jennifer Lopez - £1 million (NZ$2.5m)

10. Barry Manilow - £750,000 (NZ$1.8m)

11. Rod Stewart - £600,000 (NZ$1.4m)

12. Duran Duran - £500,000 (NZ$1.2m)

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