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Maroon 5 Officially Named as Super Bowl Halftime Headliners — Here’s Who Else Will Be on the Bill, and Why the Selection Has Sparked Controversy

Jan 14, 2019  •  Post A Comment

The NFL made it official that Maroon 5 will be the headliners for the halftime show during this year’s Super Bowl, set for Feb. 3 in Atlanta. Joining the band on the bill will be rapper Travis Scott and former Outkast member Big Boi.

The NFL officially announced the lineup on Sunday.

The announcement “follows months of controversy concerning the performance,” Variety reports. “Critics ranging from celebrities like Amy Schumer to organizations like the NAACP have taken issue with the halftime booking — partially because the big game is taking place in Atlanta, the capital of black music in the U.S., but largely because of the NFL’s treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been essentially drummed out of the league for kneeling during the National Anthem (a move many feel is based in racism) — and advocated for musicians to turn down the gig.”

The report notes that Scott announced just before the official announcement “that in partnership with the NFL, he will donate $500,000 to Dream Corps, a nonprofit founded by CNN commentator Van Jones that, according to its mission statement, supports ‘economic, environmental and criminal justice innovators.’”

Variety adds: “Scott nodded to the criticism he has received in a statement announcing the donation. ‘I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,’ he said. ‘I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.’”

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