When it was announced that Super Bowl 53 would take place in Atlanta, everyone wondered who the halftime show performer would be.
With Atlanta being the home of hip hop, there were so many amazing Atlanta natives to choose from.
Unfortunately, due to the controversy surrounding the NFL’s treatment of football players who knelt during the national anthem, the NFL was hardpressed to find a celebrity who was willing to perform.
In September, the league announced that Maroon 5 would be headlining the halftime show.
Some fans were upset that the band agreed to take the halftime stage amidst all of the controversy.
A Change.org petition urging Maroon 5 not to perform was even created.
The petition claims that Maroon 5 has “a chance to stand on the right side of history. If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players.”
But Maroon 5 has yet to back out of the performance. In fact, frontman Adam Levine may actually be leaning into the controversy.
“When you look back on every single Super Bowl halftime show… it’s this like insatiable urge to hate a little bit,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m not in the right profession if I can’t handle a little bit of controversy. We expected it, we’d like to move on from it… and speak through the music.”
As for fans who were upset that the league didn’t choose any of the hip hop artists that call Atlanta home, Levine says that the show will still have a heavy hip hop presence, especially with rapper Travis Scott on the ticket.
“So Travis … he is it right now. He is the one,” Levine said. “Like, this is a moment for him and we love what he does, obviously. We love what he represents because we love having a presence that this is the show that will have the biggest hip-hop presence that there has ever been on the show. I mean, I can’t look back and find that to be the case before. He’s it, he’s the man right now and he comes in hot.”
There might even be an Outkast reunion on the way. Rapper Big Boi is already set to perform, but fans have been wondering whether his former bandmate, André 3000 will join him.
When asked about the
“I cannot divulge the details on that level ’cause that will be spoiling it — we don’t want to do that — but Big Boi is my dude,” he said. “Like, he’s been incredible. He is Atlanta. I mean, when I think about music and when I think about the Atlanta scene and I think of all these guys, like, he is just incredible. Even yesterday, walking out starting dress rehearsals, you know, the reaction … he embodies so much of where we are. Especially this year — it would be a nice thing every year to pay homage musically to your geographical location — it is a beautiful thing. He epitomizes music in this part of the country, so man, there is no more perfect well-suited human being.”
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