Maroon 5 announced as Super Bowl half-time performers

NEW YORK – Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 was
named Sunday as the headline act of next month’s Super Bowl 53
half-time show, a performance that has aroused controversy and
protest petitions.

The league and pop music band announced they will perform in
the National Football League championship spectacle on February
3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

They will be joined by Atlanta native Big Boi and
Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott.

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

But it comes after more than 75,000 people signed an online
petition for the band not to play the Super Bowl to support
Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started
kneeling protests during pre-game US anthem performances as a
way to protest racial and social injustice and police

Kaepernick, a former star for the San Francisco 49ers, has not
played in the league since 2016. He filed a grievance against
the NFL and club owners last year, claiming they have conspired
not to hire him.

US President Donald Trump made the kneeling protest a major
issue, calling anyone who did it a “son of a bitch” and saying
they should be fired.

Other artists reportedly turned down the halftime show in
support of Kaepernick.

Billboard reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources, that Scott
signed on to perform only after the NFL agreed to join him in
donating to a social justice cause.

Past Super Bowl performers have included Justin Timberlake,
Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, The
Who, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and Michael

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