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Maroon 5 announced as Super Bowl half-time performers

14 January, 2019, 05:44 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The NFL on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5 and the rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as the performers for this year's Super Bowl halftime show.

OutKast's Big Boi is coming to come through for Super Bowl LIII in a big way.

Maroon 5 have sold more than 53 million albums and 48 million singles and set a record for the most No. 1 singles (nine) by a group in the 20-year history of the top-40 chart.

However, other reports claimed B's support for Black Lives Matter activist and National Football League free agent Colin Kaepernick forced her decision to ditch the National Football League championship performance. Before settling on Maroon 5 as its headliner, the league reached out to several other artists, including Rihanna, Pink, Nicki Minaj, and André 3000, but were rebuffed by each of them, reportedly in solidarity of Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL QB who was seemingly blackballed from the league for protesting police brutality.

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"We are thrilled to hear about this announcement and excited to partner with Travis Scott to close prison doors and open doors of opportunities for all", the tweet read.

"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", Scott said in a press release. However, he again stirred some controversy when he performed Minnesota-native Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" with a giant projection of the late artist on a large sheet behind the stage.

Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows over the years, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few. But he, Maroon 5 and Big Boi are all affiliated with the Irving Azoff-helmed Full Stop Management, which apparently carried the day.

This year's Super Bowl will be broadcast from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta by CBS on February 3.

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