Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi to Perform at Super Bowl

It’s official Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi to Perform at Super Bowl
Cassandra Castillo | 14 January, 2019, 05:46

As rumoured, Maroon 5 will perform at the halftime show of Super Bowl LIII, the band confirmed today.

As for Big Boi, the Outkast rapper and Atlanta native brings some hometown talent to the Halftime Show.

Some members of the public, as well as various artists, encouraged musicians to refuse requests to perform at the show as a way to condemn the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist.

More than 84,000 have signed an online petition urging Maroon 5 to withdraw "until the league changes their policy and support players' constitutional right to protest".

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The Super Bowl LIII Halftime show will take place on Sunday, February 3rd at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Super Bowl tends to draw the biggest (and least controversial) names in pop, so enlisting Maroon 5, which has earned 14 top 10 hits on the Billboard 100 and sold more than 50 million albums, makes sense for the most-watched show of the year. Actress Amy Schumer had also, in October a year ago, appealed to the band to pull out of performing, in what is the most-watched show on television.

At the urging of JAY-Z, Scott himself almost dropped out of the festivities, but agreed to move forward after the National Football League made a substantial donation to social justice initiatives. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire". Maroon 5's appearance will follow Justin Timberlake's unexceptional performance last year and Lady Gaga's standout showcase the year before that. The organization works to support economic, environmental and criminal justice innovators, according to its website.

Despite the agreement, Scott's performance was received with its fair share of negativity, including from Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan, who told TMZ that his performance goes against what the rapper stands for.

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