Saturday, 15 June, 2019

Maroon 5 & Travis Scott Officially Confirmed as Super Bowl 2019 Headliners

Travis Scott performs onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall Getty Images
Julia Gonzales | 14 January, 2019, 03:28

Houston native Travis Scott will perform alongside Maroon 5 during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show, according to a press release.

Maroon 5 had been long rumored to be playing the feature slot on one of the most watched USA television shows of any year. Kaepernick made headlines when he kneeled during the National Anthem in protest of the racial inequality in the United States, and he hasn't played professionally since 2017.

Performing at the Super Bowl now amounts to an endorsement of the NFL's policies, and sources tell Variety that multiple artists of color - including Cardi B (who is featured on Maroon 5's recent hit "Girls Like You"), Outkast, Mary J. Blige, Usher and Nicki Minaj - were considered or approached to perform with Maroon 5.

Nationals Sign Brian Dozier to One-Year Deal
In recent years, Dozier has become one of the more productive second basemen in baseball as a member of the Minnesota Twins. The Washington Nationals are certainly hoping to see a rebound from Dozier from what was a down year for the 31-year-old.

A second source involved in the conversations also told ET that the NFL actually approached both Rihanna and Pink - who sang the National Anthem ahead of Super Bowl LII back in February - to perform at halftime early on, but because the negotiations took so long, both women chose to move on.

Travis Scott's decision to perform at the halftime show comes amid controversy. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change". It showed concert footage of the group and included scenes with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, who will appear as special guests during the high-profile performance.

Super Bowl LIII will take place on February 3rd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

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