Lady Gaga Turned Down $1 Million to Perform at GOP Convention

Lady Gaga wanted to "Marry the Night"—not the Republican party

By Josh Grossberg Apr 04, 2013 10:09 PMTags
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Anyone thinking Lady Gaga would betray her liberal fan base to perform for the likes of Mitt Romney and other top-ranking Republicans can rest easy.

In legal documents in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Republican fundraising organization in a U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., American Action Network, against an entertainment vendor reveals that the "Judas" singer was offered a whopping $1 million to perform at the GOP convention but turned them down cold.

"See what it would take to get Gaga instead of Dolly [Parton]," Meachum wrote in an email to the head of Cater America, the event production company the group is now suing.

Meachum noted that conservatives were even willing to pony up an extra donation to a charity important to women's groups in hopes of persuading the "Judas" singer—who, ironically, is a strong supporter of President Barack Obama and hot-button issues like gay marriage that are anathema to conservatives.

"Also, tell them that $150,000 will go towards a domestic violence shelter," he added.

Alas, Lady Gaga didn't bite. And neither did Parton nor Pitbull, who Republicans wanted to line up for a Hispanic Leadership Network event.

Those artists who agreed to perform included Journey (which sources told E! News earned $500,000) and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the latter of whom prompted the suit.

AAN sued the vendor for the $350,000 it claimed it lost after the "Freebird" rockers canceled their concert due to Hurricane Isaac.

As for why AAN would seek out Gaga, the group issued a statement saying the idea was never seriously considered, but didn't exactly deny they invited her.

"In planning for our fundraiser in Tampa, e-mails we're exchanged between AAN fundraising staff and outside vendors exploring various performance options. AAN is an independent group and is no way affiliated with or connected to the [Republican National Committee] nor was the RNC ever privy to these internal discussions," the AAN said. "We considered some acts and didn't seriously consider others, but we were ultimately happy with a great Kid Rock concert. Our events were independent from the official convention and the RNC."

The RNC also tried to distance itself from the story saying it "neither asked, offered, thought of or ever considered the idea of Lady Gaga performing at our convention."