Singer and songwriter Adam Levine, the vocalist for Maroon 5, performed the Super Bowl halftime show without any controversy. He played a couple songs, rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott joined in, then Levine ended with a couple more songs. The Super Bowl half time performance was not theatrical and was reminiscent of just another Maroon 5 concert performance.
Levine went out of his way to make sure nobody had anything to complain about, but some people on the Left are still outraged by his actions…or lack thereof.
Yahoo Entertainment reports:
Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters and doubters with a spectacular performance — just like Gladys Knight, who’d also caught flak for appearing at Super Bowl LIII, did with her gorgeous national anthem performance earlier on Super Bowl Sunday. But Maroon 5 didn’t do that. Instead, they played it safe with what just might be the most underwhelming and instantly forgettable halftime show of all time.
There was a rumor, sparked by Levine’s exclusive Entertainment Tonight interview, that the band might honor Kaepernik during the halftime show. They didn’t. There was a rumorthat Christina Aguilera might show up during “Moves Like Jagger.” She didn’t. There was a rumor that Travis Scott would propose to his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, onstage. He didn’t.
BizPac Review reports Levine took to social media shortly after the performance to clarify his intentions and messaging:
When your first act is to go to social media to explain what you just did, odds are good your message didn’t carry the day.
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 found themselves between a rock and a hard place in performing Sunday’s Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday. With the left expecting them to use the stage to deify radical former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, it was a no-win situation where the performance was going to be panned regardless if they came up short.
Nonetheless, Levine took to Instagram after a performance that was widely criticized to explain what they were trying tried to accomplish — perhaps the real moral here is that trying to walk a fine line between appeasing the radical left and setting politics aside, as so many Americans prefer, leaves you in no mans’ land.
Levine posted an image of the “One Love” light display featured during the show on Instagram — the singer may learn that there is no love when it comes to defying the intolerant left in America.
Levine wrote: “When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote,” the photo caption read. “Some of the words that came to me in that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love.”
“And the list of words is… Forgive, Laugh, Cry, Smile, Share, Live, Endure, Embrace, Remember, Enlighten, Preserve, Inspire, Sweat, Fight, Express, Give, Receive, Elevate, Climb, Unify, Fortify, Soften, Dance, Scream, Dream, Educate, Provide, Inhale, Exhale, Persevere, Stand, Kneel, Overcome, Love, Listen,” the post continued.
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Leading up to the Super Bowl, several musicians declined offers to perform the halftime show as a boycott for the league refusing to hire former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
As Vox reports, Maroon 5 was heavily scrutinized for accepting the gig.
Maroon 5 are set to perform, with Travis Scott and Big Boi making guest appearances. But all three acts were added to the slate late in the process, after multiple stars reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear during the halftime show. And both Maroon 5 and Travis Scott have fielded major backlash after announcing their performances.
Rumblings that the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show would be unusual first began to surface in the fall, when reports emerged that the NFL had offered the headlining spot to Rihanna and she declined. Reportedly, she cited Kaepernick in her reasoning.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told Us Weekly in October. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the NFL also reached out to Pink, but she turned them down too, when contract negotiations dragged on too long.
Eventually, reports emerged that Maroon 5 would perform at the Super Bowl. And before the story was ever confirmed by either the NFL or Maroon 5, thousands of people signed a Change.org petition calling on the group to drop out.
As People reports, Nickelodeon’s Spongebob SquarePants made a guest appearance at the halftime performance:
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Spongebob SquarePants has made it to the Super Bowl. As Maroon 5 hit the stage at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, a clip of “Sweet Victory” — a song the cast of the popular animated Nickelodeon show made famous in a 2001 episode — played on the big screen. Shortly after the moment, rapper Travis Scott performed “Sicko Mode” with the band.
SpongeBob’s road to the Super Bowl began when a fan started a Change.org petition a few months earlier asking the NFL to have the song performed as a way of paying respect to series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November at age 57 following complications from ALS. The petition soon received more than one million signatures.