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11 Stars Who Have Performed At Wal-Mart’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

For the price of one Wal-Mart share, you can see some of the biggest stars in music and movies perform. Here are 11 stars who have been guests at the big box retailer’s annual shareholder meeting.

Tom Cruise at today’s meeting

Right before CEO Mike Duke took the stage to a similar round of applause.

Where can you see Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and more perform for the low price of around $75? At Wal-Mart’s annual shareholder meeting.

Those performers are just some of the big name talent the big box retailer has enlisted to entertain investors at its annual shareholder meeting in recent years. For the thousands of investors who descended on Bud Walton Stadium at the University of Arkansas for Wal-Mart’s most recent meeting, held Friday, the retailer lined up movie stars Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman to speak. Investors also got to hear performances from Kelly Clarkson (who sang “Stronger”) and Elton John.

Investors holding at least one share of Wal-Mart (or any company for that matter) are eligible to attend its annual meeting. As of Friday afternoon, the company’s shares were trading at about $76.50. By comparison, tickets to a Kelly Clarkson concert go fo around $40 to $50 a pop on StubHub. But you don’t typically get Tom and Hugh at a Kelly concert!

Here are some other celebrities who have shown up to Wal-Mart’s annual meeting in the past. Who needs Coachella or Bonnaroo when one Wal-Mart share gets you access to all these stars.

1. Taylor Swift

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Swift performed at last year’s meeting though it wasn’t webcast at the request of her record label.

2. Justin Timberlake

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Timberlake was the host of the 2012 meeting where Swift performed.


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3. Ben Stiller

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Stiller hosted the 2009 meeting and there is a clip of some of it on YouTube.

Ben Stiller at Wal-Mart’s 2009 meeting

4. Aerosmith

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Joining Swift and Timberlake last year was Steven Tyler. Sweet party, guys.

5. Miley Cyrus

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Miley performed at the 2009 meeting.

6. Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw performed with Joss Stone at the 2008 meeting.

7. Will Smith

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Will Smith performed at the 2011 annual meeting.

8. The Black Eyed Peas

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The Black Eyed Peas also performed the same year Smith did.

9. Alicia Keys

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It was the year of the Black Eyed Peas! Will Smith! And, Alicia Keys.

10. Mariah Carey

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Carey was a performer at the 2010 annual meeting. Reports from the time say that she sang “Hero.”

11. Enrique Iglesias

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Iglesias took the stage the same year as Carey — ALSO SINGING “HERO” — when Jamie Foxx hosted. A New York Times report from that year cites the company’s chairman, Rob Walton, saying “Man, he was hot.”

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Sapna Maheshwari is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Maheshwari reports on retail and e-commerce.
Contact Sapna Maheshwari at sapna.maheshwari@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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