After taking an unprecedented extended time to confirm supporting acts, the NFL officially announces that Maroon 5 will be joined by Travis Scott and Big Boi at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. The Houston rapper and OutKast member will perform alongside the pop/rock band at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3.
The announcement comes after various reports surfaced that various artists including Rihanna, Cardi B, P!nk, and Adele turned down the headlining slot in support of Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback hasn’t played in the league since 2017 following his kneeling protest during the national anthem to shed light on racial inequality.
Scott, who has been criticized from public figures like Michael B. Jordan and Reverend Al Sharpton for potentially taking the Super Bowl gig, released a statement to Billboard about his decision to join Maroon 5. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” says Scott. “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.”
Scott partnered with the NFL, donating $500,000 to Dream Corps, an organization founded by Van Jones, that works on fighting for social justice. JAY-Z was one artist who according to sources, tried to talk Travis Scott from accepting the performance slot.
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2019
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019
Previously: Travis Scott Reportedly to Perform with Maroon 5 at Super Bowl LIII