Rihanna and Katy Perry Have to Pay to Play the Superbowl

August 20, 2014 By:
Rihanna and Katy Perry Have to Pay to Play the Superbowl
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Getting to perform at the Super Bowl's Halftime Show is a honor bestowed on only the greatest music artists. In the past years, we've seen Beyoncé absolutely kill it, Justin Timberlake make everyone fall in love with him all over again, and Janet Jackson flash a nip.

To perform at the next Super Bowl, the NFL has closed in on three possible acts - Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Coldplay. But there's a catch… one of the three performers have to PAY TO PLAY. The NFL, a company that rakes in more than NINE BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, have asked performers to contribute "a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league" or "make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig."

Ridiculous. Now artists will only get chosen to play the Super Bowl not because of their talents, but the size of their wallets. 

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the artists' reps have responded to the NFL's request with "a chilly reception."