Maroon 5 are getting into game shape. After months of speculation without confirmation, the group finally announced their participation in the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Sunday (Jan. 13) via a one-minute promotional video. The clip came as the NFL finally broke the news officially as well, revealing that the group will be joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi in Atlanta on Feb. 3.
While M5 haven’t spoken about the gig, the video montage set to the strains of a marching band drum line shows the band backstage limbering up, performing live and rocking out, ending with glimpses of Scott and ATL native Big Boi.
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019
The reveal came months after the high-profile performers for the gig are typically announced, reportedly following a number of high-profile artists — including Rihanna, Adele, JAY-Z and Cardi B — turning down the opportunity to perform on one of the biggest stages in music out of solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The controversy around Kaepernick began when the then-San Francisco 49ers QB began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of racial inequality in the U.S. Kaepernick hasn’t played professionally since March 2017 and he filed a grievance against the league and its owners last fall for conspiring to not hire him.
His protest spread across the NFL and earned a rebuke from Pres. Trump, who railed against players who were staging a variety of protests during the Anthem. After a number of other artists reportedly turned down the chance to perform with Maroon 5, Scott signed on only after the NFL agreed to join him in donating $500,000 to the “social justice accelerator Dream Corps, founded by former Obama administration Special Advisor for Green Jobs Van Jones in 2014.
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement. “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 on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Maroon 5 were confirmed to play the halftime show in September, but have not made a public statement about the gig to date.