It’s Official! These Are the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show Performers
It’s official! After months of speculation and rumors, the NFL has confirmed that Maroon 5 will headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, with guests including Travis Scott and Big Boi.
“It’s official: @maroon5 will take center stage at @SuperBowl LIII!” the NFL tweeted on Sunday, January 13. “They will be joined by @trvisXX and @BigBoi. #SBLIII.” Maroon 5’s official Twitter account also teased the news with a video clip set to a drumline soundtrack.
Rumors that the”Girls Like You” hitmakers would headline the show started circulating in September. Levine has spoken about the reports several times but refused to confirm or deny their veracity. During a November appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he would say only that his band’s involvement was a rumor that “everyone seems to be discussing.”
Speaking to Variety later the same month, Levine admitted that he was “still formulating a lot of things” about his band’s decision to accept the NFL’s rumored offer to perform. The halftime show has garnered a fair bit of controversy recently, as earlier in 2018, rumors also surfaced that Rihanna had declined to perform in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who famously took a knee during the national anthem in protest of violence against people of color. A Change.org petition calling for Maroon 5 to drop out of the show has been circulating since the fall.
Shortly after the halftime show lineup was made official, Travis Scott announced that he and the NFL would be donating $500,000 to the social justice nonprofit Dream Corps, which works to “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity for all.”
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement to Billboard. “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.”
The 2019 Super Bowl will take place Sunday, February 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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