Katy Perry, Rihanna Or Coldplay To Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show (But They Might Have To Pay)

Bradley Stern | August 20, 2014 6:40 am

The NFL Super Bowl! A shining American beacon of sportsmanship, teamwork, freedom — and heavily censored FCC rules and regulations.

After a series of superstar performances in past years, including Bruno Mars, last year’s Beyoncé Bowl and 2012’s show with Madonna (which landed her in hot water thanks to M.I.A.‘s middle finger), the show organizers have reportedly narrowed down the potential performers for next year’s show to Katy Perry, Rihanna or Coldplay. That is — if they’ve got the money.

The Wall Street Journal reports that NFL organizers “also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig,” which has apparently been met with “chilly reception.” That’s right: They’ve got the gall to ask if these superstar acts would pay to play.

There’s no word on whether that performance fee will actually come to pass, but if it does, will there really be anything that magical about being picked to perform for the Super Bowl going forward? An act’s talent and worthiness of being selected will now be based on the size of a record label’s wallet — a grim statement about the state of the music industry in general.

All that being said, Katy, RiRi and Coldplay are in the running. Who would you like to see take the stage? Vote, then sound off in the comments below.

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