Maroon 5 to headline 2019 Super Bowl halftime show

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

Taking to Twitter, the National Football League announced Maroon 5 would be accompanied by Travis Scoot and Big Boi during the February 3 Halftime Show.

In the announcement video, the band also confirmed that Travis Scott and Big Boi will be joining the performance. "Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show".

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.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who is also a host on the NBC musical reality show The Voice, had remained tight-lipped on the rumours of a halftime gig in interviews before the news became official.

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A growing list of black performers have reportedly refused to join the Super Bowl half time show because of what they feel is the shoddy treatment the league has perpetrated against former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The organization works to support economic, environmental and criminal justice innovators, according to its website. "I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", he said. However, he again stirred some controversy when he performed Minnesota-native Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" with a giant projection of the late artist on a large sheet behind the stage. But he, Maroon 5 and Big Boi are all affiliated with the Irving Azoff-helmed Full Stop Management, which apparently carried the day.

Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows over the years, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few.

Super Bowl 53 is set for February 3rd, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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