R. Kelly fans in Monroe, Louisana are are upset after a supposed Kelly concert that they claim featured an impersonator onstage instead of the real deal. Kelly was advertised as the featured performer at Ced’s Black Tie Affair in Monroe and the cost was $150 per ticket. But according to Billboard, fans are now claiming that the man onstage was not Kelly, but a lip-synching impersonator. On top of that, the performer didn’t take the stage until 1am.
Now, attendees are demanding a refund.
“Advertisement online, through Ticketmaster, said that it was a ‘Ced’s All Black Affair, R. Kelly performing live,’ which did not happen last night,” said a woman told KNOE News. “It was an impersonator on stage, impersonating R. Kelly that may have sung every bit of four minutes and he did not even sing, he [lip synced]…We was scammed.”
The woman also said that the man’s security wouldn’t let anyone take pictures afterwards.
“When you tried to approach him for pictures, the two guys that was with him also stated, ‘No pictures. Put your devices away. No pictures,’” she said. “They blocked [us] from taking pictures. It just was not right.”
An unnamed representative for R Kelly told Pitchfork.com that the singer had, in fact, “appeared” at the show – wearing sunglasses and a low baseball cap. The rep pointed out that the event was billed as an “appearance” from R. Kelly as opposed to a full show.
R. Kelly himself hasn’t directly addressed the controversy as of yet, but it should be noted that he performed in Mississippi the day after the Louisiana event.