WHILE most of us attempt to tighten our belts,it’s heartening – or perhaps extremely galling – that R&B stars are still encrusting their gut-garters with rhinestones.
Their devotion to the shiny concept of bling is such that taste, modesty and quivering livers are left strewn in their wake.
So when Kelly Rowland, Nelly, 33, and 30-year-old Usher splurged £100k on champagne and cocktails at London’s Amika nightclub, they were upholding a time-honoured tradition.
Now, if you’ve recently dithered over the reduced to clear shelf, take a deep breath before reading this rundown of the bill…
Kelly, 28, who was celebrating the success of her new album Ms Kelly with her rapper friends, started with a jeroboam (three litres) of white gold vintage Dom Perignon.
That set them back £16,000, so they moved on to Methuselahs (six litres) of standard DP. These cost £15,000 each – and take three waitresses to carry.
The trio also took a liking to the comparatively cheap and cheerful £1,000 Belvedere vodka, mainly because it arrived with sparklers in it.
The bill ratcheted up when DJ Jarren C, 29, agreed to play Kelly’s single Daylight, Nelly’s Hot In Here or Usher’s Love In This Club when £5,000 was spent on champers.
As we mentioned earlier, modesty isn’t a trait you readily associate with superstars who would print CD inlays on gold leaf if they got their way. Therefore the pals merrily stumped up for the most expensive jukebox in town.
Compare this to UK superstars who wear the same clothes more than once, treat themselves to Refresher bars or, in the case of 65-year-old Sir Paul McCartney, a trip on the bus.
Would we swap them, though? Not on your Nelly.