Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo has been sued for not appearing at a New Year’s Eve party in Washington last December.
The lawsuit was reportedly filed in Maryland last week.
Wet Entertainment booked Ne-Yo for the NYE gig and paid him $95,000 up front. The organizers claim they made all sorts of arrangements for the show — promotion, travel, hotel, etc. They claim Ne-Yo’s people made it to Washington but not Ne-Yo. The show was canceled. Wet is suing Ne-Yo and the booking company that made the deal for the $95K plus more than $1 mil in damages. (TMZ)
Prior to the event, Ne-Yo was billed to perform on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special on December 31.
Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, Solange Knowles will appear at the annual ABC live broadcast from Times Square in New York City. Television legend Dick Clark and co-host Ryan Seacrest lead the music themed evening into 2009. Offering fans “Hollywood Party” segments, Black Eyed Peas‘ Fergie will also help host performances by various guests. (SOHH)
The singer’s last major lawsuit was against associates of R&B superstar R.Kelly in January 2008.
Ne-Yo claims he was fired as an opening act for R. Kelly’s 2007 tour because the audience and critics liked him better. He sued the promoter of R. Kelly’s tour, Georgia-based Rowe Entertainment Inc., on Monday in Superior Court. The lawsuit, which alleges breach of contract and violation of the right of publicity, seeks unspecified damages. (MSNBC)
Ne-Yo later won the mega lawsuit last September.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a concert promoter to pay R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo $700,000 stemming from A lawsuit filed earlier this year. (The Insider)