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Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show

Maroon 5 led by frontman Adam Levine will headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 3 Maroon 5 led by frontman Adam Levine will headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 3
Adrian Cunningham | 14 January, 2019, 03:25

Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 was named Sunday as the headline act of next month's Super Bowl 53 half-time show, a performance that has aroused controversy and protest petitions.

Typically one of the most fiercely sought gigs in music, the Super Bowl has this year been the subject of boycott and protest.

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Some members of the public, as well as various artists, encouraged musicians to refuse requests to perform at the show as a way to condemn the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire". It stands to reason that the announcement comes late in the football season schedule - Justin Timberlake, who performed at the 2018 Super Bowl, was announced on the preceding October 23; Lady Gaga, the 2017 performer, was announced on the preceding September 29 - because of negotiations dragging out. Big Boi, an Atlanta native, is best known for being a part of the hip-hop rap duo Outkast. "I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change". Several artists including Rihanna, Cardi B, Jay Z, and Lauryn Hill have reportedly declined to perform at the halftime show, opting to stand solidarity with National Football League player Colin Kaepernick who faced backlash after kneeling in protest of police brutality. Jay-Z even allegedly tried to get Travis Scott to back out of the Super Bowl performance.

Super Bowl LIII will be broadcast on CBS and and streamed on on Sunday, February 3.