It's official, finally: Maroon 5 will play Super Bowl halftime with Big Boi, Travis Scott
The lead singer of 'Maroon 5', Adam Levine, who is also a judge on hit talent show 'The Voice', appears at the ceremony for the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Video provided by AFP
In the least suspenseful Super Bowl announcement ever, the NFL has finally revealed that Maroon 5 will perform at this year's halftime show in Atlanta with Outkast rapper Big Boi and Travis Scott.
Maroon 5's headline gig had been a source of feverish speculation for months, but probably not in the way the band hoped: More than 84,000 fans have signed an online petition urging the group to pull out of the show to support Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem.
"Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it," the petition at Change.org reads. "Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL."
The Super Bowl will be broadcast Feb. 3 by CBS from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Maroon 5 and Adam Levine confirmed the show on Instagram Sunday with a video montage hashtagged simply #SBLIII.
Reaction from detractors was swift.
"Tragic," @SoIoAsh tweeted in response to the NFL.
"Really disappointed @maroon5 agreed to perform at @SuperBowl. Many other artists refused because in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick," @mrnick107 tweeted. "Sad they sold out."
Others simply shrugged.
"All these Atlanta artists and they still chose Maroon 5," @Misskeke12 wrote.
In a simultaneous statement, Scott announced that he and the NFL will make a $500,000 donation to nonprofit social justice organization Dream Corps, "among other initiatives that he will work with the League on."
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in," Scott's statement reads. "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."
Contributing: The Associated Press