Adam Levine Reveals Why Maroon 5 Decided to Perform at Super Bowl 53
It’s no secret that Maroon 5 will be performing in Sunday’s Super Bowl. But for many people, the biggest question is, why?
Many performers, including Rihanna and Cardi B, refused to perform at the Super Bowl because of the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick and other football players who have decided to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutaility and the treatment of black people in the United States.
In fact, the league had a hard time finding anyone who would agree to perform this year. So, why did Maroon 5 sign on?
“No one thought about it more than I did,” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine told Entertainment Tonight of the decision to perform. “No one put more thought and love into this than I did. … I spoke to many people, most importantly though, I silenced all the noise and listened to myself, and made my decision about how I felt.”
He went on to say that he had to take a deep look at himself before making the decision and did take all of the controversy surrounding the NFL into account.
“I think we wanted to make sure we were able to speak once again through the music, so yes, absolutely, once we processed these things, it took a lot of looking inward and introspection and I thought to myself, ‘What is my greatest tool, you know, what is the thing that I can use to express myself … the best way for the band to express themselves, and how are we going to do it this year?” the singer said. “What do we owe ourselves, what do we owe the people? And that is what we did, and I am beyond proud of the finished product, and literally never, never been more excited in my entire life to present this to the people because I believe that it’s truly a reflection of all of us.”
But ultimately, Levine wants to use his platform to give a voice to people who have felt like they haven’t been heard.
“They will be [heard] — that’s all I want to say because I don’t want to spoil anything,” he said.” “And once again, I like to think that people know where I stand as a human being after two decades doing this. I’m not a speaker. I’m not a public speaker. I do speak, but it’s through the music. My life’s work and what I put out into the universe has been positive and hopefully inspiring … So, what I would say is, you know, we are going to do what we keep on doing, hopefully without becoming politicians and continuing to use the one voice we know how to use properly.”
Levine seems to be putting his money where his mouth is. On Tuesday, Maroon 5 announced that they, along with the NFL and Interscope Records, would be donating $500,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as part of the NFL’s Inspire Change social justice initiative.
Super Bowl 53 will air on Sunday Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm ET.
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