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Maroon 5, Backed by Travis Scott & Big Boi, Officially Confirmed as Super Bowl Headliners

(People.com):

It’s official! After months of speculation, Maroon 5 is confirmed to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, a source exclusively tells PEOPLE.

Performing alongside Maroon 5 are Travis Scott and Atlanta native Big Boi of Outkast.

A source first confirmed to PEOPLE in September that Maroon 5 would perform during Super Bowl LIII, but frontman Adam Levine remained cryptic when asked about their plans in the following months.

“I’m still formulating a lot of things,” Levine, 39, told Variety in a wide-ranging interview for their November hitmakers issue.

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Levine previously spoke only in hypothetical terms — joking that “whoever is lucky enough to get that gig probably is gonna crush it” — when Ellen DeGeneres asked him about the Super Bowl during an appearance on her show in November.

“It’s a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It’s definitely a rumor. And the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing,” he said.

On Sunday afternoon the band posted a video to their social media accounts confirming their performance at the Super Bowl LIII Pepsi Halftime Show.

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This will be Maroon 5’s first ever Super Bowl performance. Last year’s featured Justin Timberlake (for the second time) and 2017 was Lady Gaga. Other big names that have taken the stage in recent years include, BeyoncéColdplayKaty PerryBruno MarsMissy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz.

The band’s sixth and most recent studio album, Red Pill Blues, was released in November 2017. They released their debut album Songs About Jane in 2002 and have gone on to win three Grammy Awards.

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Last year, speculation over the band’s decision to sign on for the high-profile performance brought controversy with some fans calling for them to forego the event in support Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the #TakeAKnee movement to protest racial injustices.

Just ahead of the big game, Cardi B and Bruno Mars will be taking the stage, performing at The NFL’s official pre-game events.

According to a report in Billboard, Scott agreed to perform at the event on the condition that the NFL would join him in a joint donation to a charitable cause. In partnership with the league, Scott, 26, will make a $500,000 contribution to Dream Corps, a non-profit organization that champions social justice.

“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement to PEOPLE. “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.”

Maroon 5’s 2019 Super Bowl halftime show airs Feb. 3 on CBS.

(This story has not been edited by N24 staff and is People.com auto-generated from a RSS feed.)

Published Date: Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 08:45 AM

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