Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Maroon 5 announced as Super Bowl half-time performers

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Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2019, 05:44

After months of speculation, Maroon 5, known for hits such as This Love and Moves Like Jagger, has confirmed it will headline the Super Bowl halftime show February 3 in Atlanta, Ga.

Six-time Grammy nominee Travis Scott and six-time Grammy victor Big Boi, the latter of whom calls Atlanta home, will add a hip-hop tinge to Maroon 5's inoffensive pop. Jay-Z even allegedly tried to get Travis Scott to back out of the Super Bowl performance.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who is also a host on the NBC musical reality show The Voice, had remained tight-lipped on the rumours of a halftime gig in interviews before the news became official.

Once considered a coveted gig by major musicians, many have reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform this year.

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, 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. "CBS and the National Football League reached out to Rihanna first, who, after thinking about the offer, chose to pass due to the National Football League and the situation regarding players kneeling".

"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", Scott said in a statement to PEOPLE.

A second source involved in the conversations also told ET that the NFL actually approached both Rihanna and Pink - who sang the National Anthem ahead of Super Bowl LII back in February - to perform at halftime early on, but because the negotiations took so long, both women chose to move on. Last year's featured Justin Timberlake (for the second time) and 2017 was Lady Gaga.