COLUMBIA — Promoters promised Lil Wayne was bringing the heat to Columbia's Colonial Life Arena as the headliner for the 2nd Annual Fall Ball.
Instead, this year's 17th-highest paid rapper ($15.5 million, just behind Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj) gave a cold shoulder Saturday.
Lil Wyane didn't go on stage because he refused to enter Colonial Life through the venue's "standard safety procedures," the arena said in a statement.
"While we regret the artist's decision not to perform, Colonial Life Arena is not willing to bypass its security standards and jeopardize the safety of its patrons, performers, or staff members," the arena said.
And fans who expected to see the rapper who started Young Money record label might not get their money back.
Concert promoters are not offering refunds, Colonial Life Arena said. Venue officials initially said refunds would be offered starting Monday.
"We are in discussions with the promoters and will continue to represent the interest of our patrons regarding refunds," the arena said.
The promoters listed on concert announcements were Columbia area-based Victory Promotions and Ben Hated LLC. Columbia radio station, WHXT-FM "Hot" 103.9, was listed as a presenter. All three had nothing posted about the concert on their social media accounts as of Sunday evening.
Several media outlets reported that promoters said they were not giving refunds because Lil Wayne was not the show's headliner.
Lil Wayne was scheduled to take part in the Fall Ball perform on Saturday with 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez and Cardi B, whose song "Bodak Yellow" tops this week's Billboard Hot 100.
From social media posts, at least two of the acts went on stage at Colonial Life Arena.
2 Chainz posted photos of his Columbia performance on Instagram. He went on stage in a wheelchair after breaking his leg over the summer.
Lil Wayne, who spent eight months in prison on a gun charge in 2010, did not post anything about the Columbia show on his Instagram and Twitter accounts as of Sunday evening.