REVEALED: How Mega-Rich Musicians Including Post Malone, Chris Brown, Leann Rimes and Nickelback Bagged up to $10M in COVID Emergency Grants They Didn’t Have to Pay Back

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Music megastars including Post Malone, Chris BrownLeAnn Rimes and Nickelback reportedly received millions of dollars from a taxpayer-funded program intended to help venues and musicians struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Singer Post Malone and R&B artist Chris Brown were reported to be among the artists who received the maximum $10 million payout from the COVID-19 relief program.
  • Post Malone has an estimated net worth of around $45 million and owns multiple properties, including a luxury $3 million compound in Utah.
  • Rapper Lil Wayne received $8.9 million, while singers LeAnn Rimes and Nickelback each received $2 million from the relief program.
  • The aid was intended to support workers such as lighting technicians, costumers, drivers, and security personnel affected by canceled tours and concerts.
  • The investigation found that an asset-management firm in Los Angeles successfully submitted grants for 97 artists, venues, and managers, securing a combined $260 million.
  • The program allowed recipients to use the funds for existing mortgage payments, taxes, payroll, and other purposes.
  • The Shuttered Venue Program, as per the SBA spokesperson, aimed to help save entertainment venues and operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Almost half of the grant money went to businesses with fewer than five full-time employees.
  • The government is still assessing the extent of fraudulent claims in pandemic-era aid, with an SBA report suggesting potential squandering of $200 billion from relief programs.
  • The watchdog estimates that less than 1 percent of grants dispersed through the Shuttered Venue Program were fraudulent, rejecting the likelihood of widespread fraud.
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