Maroon 5 confirms that they will headline NFL’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show
Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and Maroon 5. What do they all have in common? The Super Bowl halftime show.
The band confirmed the rumors that they would headline the show with a promotion video on Twitter. The video also included rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, who will perform with them at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019
Several artists have reportedly turned down halftime show offers to demonstrate their support for Colin Kaepernick, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Cardi B. Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill also criticized Scott for accepting the NFL’s offer.
Scott signed on to perform only after the NFL agreed to join him in donating to a cause for social justice, according to Billboard. Scott and the league made a $500,000 donation to Dream Corps, an organization founded by author and political commentator Van Jones in 2014.
With nine No. 1 singles, Maroon 5 set the record the most No. 1 singles by a group in the 20-year history of the top-40 chart. They’ve been nominated for 13 Grammys, winning three times. Their most recent and sixth studio album, “Red Pill Blues”, came out in 2017.
Scott most recent album, “Astroworld”, was released in August and has been nominated for Best Rap Album at next month’s Grammys. The album features the song “Sicko Mode”, which is nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
Meanwhile, Big Boi is best known for his work in Outkast, the legendary hip-hop duo comprised of him and Andre 3000, both Atlanta natives. In addition to classics like Aquemini and ATLiens, Big Boi’s most-recent album, “Boomiverse”, came out in June 2017.