The NFL Announces Super Bowl Halftime Show Artist

Maroon 5

Travis Scott has agreed to join Maroon 5 on stage at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show, but with a price.

As for Big Boi, the Outkast rapper and Atlanta native brings some hometown talent to the Halftime Show. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback set off controversy in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against black Americans. There is an online petition urging Maroon 5 to withdraw from the gig. "I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change".

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Maroon 5 had been long rumored to be playing the feature slot on one of the most watched USA television shows of any year.

But according to Billboard, Travis required that the National Football League make a joint donation to a cause for social justice before he signed on.

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"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", said Scott in a statement about the charitable donation.

"I think he should do what a lot of other major artists have done: say 'I'm not going to participate.' You can't fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus", the 64-year-old activist added.

Some of the biggest names in music and entertainment have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows over the years, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few.

The Super Bowl tends to draw the biggest (and least controversial) names in pop, so enlisting Maroon 5, which has earned 14 top 10 hits on the Billboard 100 and sold more than 50 million albums, makes sense for the most-watched show of the year.

Scott is a Grammy nominee whose 2018 album "Astroworld" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts; Antwan "Big Boi" Patton is a six-time Grammy victor who first emerged as half of the hip-hop duo OutKast.

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