Football season is almost upon us (and pre-season has already started), so it’s definitely more than time to find a Super Bowl Halftime Show 2015 performer. The NFL has its sights on a big-name act—Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry are the top contenders—to play in the coveted spot (which is obviously the most important part of the game, since it gets more eyes on the screen than the game itself). But here’s the catch—for the first time ever, the NFL is asking the artists in consideration to pay in order to play. Tacky? Yes. Payola? Could be. Unsurprisingly, the reception of the artists in question has been less than enthusiastic. So who will win? And will this new idea even stick? How about we just have “Weird Al” Yankovic play, like his fans have suggested? We’ll just have to wait until this winter to find out.

The Super Bowl has always featured some sort of show during the game’s halftime, but for the first thirty years or so, it was just a marching band. In the 1990s and 2000s, the NFL decided to add a bigger name to the Super Bowl Halftime Show to add even more viewers to the game. Past acts include New Kids on the Block (1991), Aerosmith and Britney Spears (2001), Paul McCartney (2005), and Bruce Springsteen (2009).

Coldplay Video for “Magic”