Celebrities pay $40k for a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, then act surprised for some reason

Getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame is one of the biggest honors of a celebrity's career — but being awarded one is never a total surprise, no matter how many people pretend it is.

Case in point: "Weird Al" Yankovic, who tweeted:

Flattering? Yes. Humbling? I'm sure. But "unbelievable?" Not so much, for one simple reason: a celebrity has to submit a letter of agreement to confirm that they approve of their nomination for a star on the Walk of Fame, otherwise the nomination is rejected.

Anyone can nominate a celebrity for inclusion — including fans, the public figure's manager, agent, studio, network, or the celebrity themselves. Maybe most of they aren't that vain, but let's be honest, there are probably a bunch that are.

The only stipulation is that whoever does the nominating also agrees to be responsible for paying the $40,000 it costs to install and maintain the star, which is why it makes sense for talent (or their family) to nominate themselves — $40k is a lot of love to shell out unless you're really invested in someone.

And yet, so many famous folks act like their inclusion is earth-shattering news, even though they've been aware of the possibility for weeks, or potentially months, before the year's recipients are announced.

"We are constantly asked about the process. Nominating someone for a star is as simple as can be! All we ask for is a completed nomination application and a commitment to sponsor the star should their celebrity sign off on the nomination and attend the event if selected. Anyone can nominate their favorite celebrity, including a fan," says Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, in a statement on the Walk of Fame website.

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(Original Caption) 10/24/75-HOLLYWOOD: ROCK STAR ELTON JOHN RELAXES ON THE SIDEWALK OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD. AS HIS GOLD STAR WAS DEDICATED IN WALK OF FAME HERE 10/23. HE BECAME TEH 1,662 ENTERTAINMENT LUMINARY TO BE HONORED BY THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SINCE THE WORLD FAMOUS SIDEWALK WAS COMPLETED IN 1961. JTB/JTB
Julie Andrews (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) 12/30/1980-Hollywood, CA- The Beach Boys, one of the long-lived legends of rock and roll, were honored for their 'outstanding contributions to the recording industry' with the dedication of their 'star' in Hollywood's famous Walk of Fame. Left to right are Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston (in shorts). They are the 2,519 to have a star.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 10, 1979 on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone And Dolly Parton (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 6: Singer Julio Iglesias and radio personality Johnny Grant attend Julio Iglesias Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony on November 6, 1985 at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 4: Actor Tom Selleck and girlfriend Jillie Mack and his mother Martha attend Tom Selleck receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on June 4, 1986 at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) Hollywood, California: Grammy award winner recording star Tina Turner smiles as she poses for photographers on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame'. Turner received the 1831st star on the world famous walk. To her left is Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 8: Musician Chuck Berry and daughter Ingrid Berry Clay attend Chuck Berry Receives Walk of Fame Star on October 8, 1987 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Comedienne Joan Rivers receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 1989 at 7030 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actor and comedian Robin Williams (1951 - 2014) receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1990. (Photo by Fotos International/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Billy Crystal during Billy Crystal Receives Walk-of-Fame Star at Hollywood Walk-of-Fame in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress/Singer Liza Minnelli receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on September 30, 1991 at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Paula Abdul, Mother Lorraine, And Sister Wendy during Paula Abdul Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson (center- front) John Lovits (center standing) and guests. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 8: Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant and actress Kim Basinger attend Kim Basinger receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 8, 1992 at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) Gloria Estefan receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo by ?? Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Patti LaBelle at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Chevy Chase attends Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony Honoring Chevy Chase on September 23, 1993 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sophia Loren (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
JEFF BRIDGES LEAVES HIS PRINTS ON THE 'WALK OF FAME' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Charlie Sheen during Charlie Sheen Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, : Latino entertainer Rita Moreno lays down next to her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as her husband Leonard Gordan and daughter Fernanda Louisa watch during the 20 July ceremony in Hollywood, CA. Moreno is the only female performer in show business to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony award. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, : Illusionist and magician David Copperfield (R) and his fiance, model Claudia Schiffer, kneel behind his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as he was honored 25 April. Copperfield is the 2,048th entertainer to be honored with a star on the famous sidewalk. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, and Parker Stevenson during Kirstie Alley Recieves Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - November 9, 1995 at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
DAVID HASSELHOFF HONOURED BY THE 'WALK OF FAME' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Sharon Stone receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on November 16, 1995 at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) Charles Shulz with the characters from his comic strip 'Peanuts' : Charlie Brown, Lucy & Snoopy. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Faye Dunaway (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 16: Actor Patrick Stewart receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16, 1996 at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
287347 03: Jack Nicholson poses December 4, 1996 in Los Angeles, CA. Actor Nicholson is honored with the 2077th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo by Russell Einhorn/Liaison)
David Bowie during David Bowie Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Magma Agency/WireImage)
James Brown during Receives Star on 'Walk of Fame' at Hollywood 'Walk of Fame' in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Magma Agency/WireImage)
Nastassja Kinski, Billy Crystal, Ivan Reitman and Robin Williams (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Patrick Swayze during Patrick Swayze Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 3: Actor Pierce Brosnan receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 3, 1997 at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PIERCE BROSNAN HONOURED BY THE WALK OF FAME IN LA (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, : Actress and singer Cher (L), former wife of Sonny Bono poses with Sonny Bono's widow Mary Bono after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 15 May in Hollywood, CA. AFP PHOTO Lucy NICHOLSON/hmb (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor Tom Hanks with his hands in cement 23 July 1998 during ceremonies honoring him on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in front of Graumann's Chinese theater while his wife Rita Wilson looks on. AFP PHOTO Lucy NICHOLSON/ln (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Nicolas Cage in front of his star. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
P 337224 006 09/03/98 Los Angeles Jamie Lee Curtis Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Jamie Lee Curtis W/ Daughter Annie (Photo By Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, : Academy-award winning actress Meryl Streep holds her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA, 16 September after being honored for her acting career. Streep's latest movie, 'One True Thing,' premiers in the United States 18 September. Streep won Best Actress awards for her roles in Kramer vs Kramer and Sophie's Choice. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, : British actress Jane Seymour, touches the newly unveiled star to honor her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, 20 April 1999. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Gene Simmons of KISS (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Dennis Muren with Directors James Cameron and George Lucas. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 5: Actress Frances Fisher, actor Edward Norton, actor Kevin Spacey and actor Jack Lemmon attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony to honor Kevin Spacey on October 5, 1999 at 6803 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen during Ted Danson Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 16: Actress Sigourney Weaver receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on December 16, 1999 at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
368345 01: Talk show host Jay Leno stands between two policemen at a ceremony honoring Leno onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 27, 2000 in Hollywood. Leno chose to have the star placed near the location where he was arrested twice for vagrancy early in his career. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA)
370936 04: Samuel Jackson, center, poses with Johnny Grant, left, Leron Gubler, right, Dustin Hoffman, top right, LaTanya Jackson, center and William Friedk at the unveiling of Samuel L. Jackson''s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame June 16, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Online USA)
HOLLYWOOD, : US actress Winona Ryder (R) is hugged by British actor Anthony Hopkins (L) after a star was unveiled for her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Hollywood, CA, 06 October 2000. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
380391 07: Veteran comedian Don Rickles at event honoring him with a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame October 17, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Rita Marley (C), widow of Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley, poses with children Stephanie (L) and Robert Marley (R) after her late husband was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to commemorate his 56th birthday 06 February 2001 in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO/Lucy Nicholson (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Magic Johnson at the Magic Johnson Receives Walk-of-Fame Star, Hollywood Walk-of-Fame, Hollywood. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
397186 03: Actress Whoopi Goldberg holds a replica of the star she received during a ceremony on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame November 13, 2001 in Hollywood, CA. The Oscar-winning actress also celebrated her 46th birthday. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali signing a replica of his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: British rocker Ozzy Osbourne touches his star during a ceremony unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 12 April 2002 in Hollywood, CA. Osbourne, as co-founder, lead singer and writer of Black Sabbath, was among the first originators of the heavy metal genre. AFP PHOTO/Lee CELANO (Photo credit should read LEE CELANO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Mike Myers poses with his star during an unveiling ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 24 July, 2002 in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Myers gained fame as a cast member of 'Saturday Night Live' and the spin-off 'Wayne's World' movies, appears in 'Austin Powers in Goldmember' opening July 26. AFP Photo/Lee Celano (Photo credit should read LEE CELANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Bolton during Michael Bolton Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for His Achievements in Music at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Jackie Chan during Jackie Chan Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for His Achievements in Film at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Kermit The Frog (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Michael J. Fox during Michael J. Fox Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for His Achievements in Film at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Steven Spielberg (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 13: Actress Nicole Kidman touches her star at the ceremony honoring her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 13, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 24: Actress Suzanne Somers poses at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 10: Doris Roberts of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, February 10, 2003. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
Russ Joyner, Johnny Grant, Sharon Stone, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci and Leron Gubler (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Morgan Freeman during Morgan Freeman Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame at Hollywood Blvd in front of The Galaxy Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 10: Talk show host Regis Philbin (M) poses for a photograph after receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Harrison Ford & Family at the Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Nicole Richie, Lionel Richie, wife Diane, Sister Debra and kids (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 27: Michael Radner, the brother of comedian Gilda Radner, holds a plaque at ceremony honoring posthumously Gilda Radner with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 27, 2003 in Hollywood, California. Radner, an original member of the Saturday Night Live cast, died in 1989 of ovarian cancer. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Kevin Costner during Kevin Costner Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for His Achievements in Film at Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 5: Actor/comedian David Spade attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame September 5, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins attends the star ceremony in his honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hopkins received an Academy Award for his performance in 'The Silence of the Lambs.' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Britney Spears receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Ca 11/17/03 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Alice Cooper during Alice Cooper Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for His Achievements in Music at Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 6: Singer Celine Dion attends a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Celine Dion during Celine Dion Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Her Achievements in Music at Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Drew Barrymore during Drew Barrymore honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 1: Actor Dan Aykroyd attends the ceremony posthumously honoring actor/comedian John Belushi with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 1, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Patty Duke during Patty Duke Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Todd Williamson/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 20: Singer Billy Joel attends the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 20, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Tim Allen attends the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 19, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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To be fair to Yankovic and other enthusiastic star-getters, agreeing to a nomination doesn't guarantee that a celeb will be approved — the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce chooses who will be awarded a star, and they say that they get around 300 applications a year, which have to be whittled down to 20-24 recipients, and there are probably a ton of humble luminaries who don't think they'll actually be selected. But Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Hamill and Shonda Rhimes, who are among this year's recipients alongside Yankovic, probably felt at least a little qualified — more than the Rugrats and this guy, at least.

We don't blame anyone for getting excited about being chosen to be a permanent part of Hollywood history — the Walk of Fame is a big deal, no matter who pays for it.

But getting an award that you applied for isn't "unbelievable," it's just recognition of your talent — and shouldn't that be enough?

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