Taking Names: McCartney paid $1.57 for Olympics gig

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Don’t spend it all in one place, Paul.

London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in Friday’s opening ceremony essentially donated their time — receiving a mere $1.57 for their performances.

The nominal fee was offered to make the Olympics contracts binding — but pales in comparison to the millions big names such as Mr. McCartney can command for a stadium gig.

Other performers such as Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande are also thought to have received the nominal fee, according to the Associated Press.

Director Danny Boyle’s “Isles of Wonder” extravaganza featured British music that spanned generations, right up to live performances from two of the hottest homegrown acts of the moment: grime star Dizzee Rascal and the band Arctic Monkeys.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the UK creative industries reception hosted by the British Government supported by the Founders Forum, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Geoff Pugh)

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Duchess dazzles at star-studded London arts event

Art was the subject, but the Duchess of Cambridge was the star.

Prince William’s wife dazzled onlookers Monday as she met Prime Minister David Cameron and dozens of British artists on the fringe of the London Olympics.

Trumpeters heralded her arrival on the Royal Academy of Arts red carpet to mingle with 800 people from the British music, film, arts and entertainment industries.

The duchess tied her long hair back and wore a dove gray dress by Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic.

Other guests included fashion designer Stella McCartney, film director Terry Gilliam, model Lily Cole, and singers Katy B and Roger Daltrey.

Earlier Monday, William and Kate watched his cousin Zara Phillips race in the Olympic horse competition. The royal couple plan to attend more than 30 Olympic events.

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