The halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl, set for Sunday, Feb. 3, in Atlanta, may feature a performance by rapper Travis Scott, with the AP reporting that Scott is in talks for the gig.
“A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak about the topic publicly, told The AP that Scott is close to signing on to perform at Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” the AP reports. “The person confirmed that Scott will headline Pepsi’s pre-Super Bowl concert on Feb. 1 in Atlanta, two days before the Super Bowl.”
The report adds: “Controversy has surrounded the halftime show since NFL player Colin Kaepernick said he would not stand for the national anthem in protest of racial discrimination against blacks in the United States two years ago. Some musicians have reconsidered performing at the Super Bowl as a result, and Rihanna and Jay-Z were among the stars who reportedly said no to performing at halftime show.”
Scott has been on a roll this year, with his latest album “Astroworld” among the year’s top-selling releases and featuring the No. 1 hit “Sicko Mode.” Scott also recently received three Grammy nominations.
Maroon 5 was previously reported to be set to headline the halftime show, but the band’s appearance has yet to be confirmed.