NFL confirms 2019 Super Bowl halftime performers and donates $500,000 to social justice charity

The Adam Levine-fronted band had been reported to be
struggling to find collaborators for the big show

Super BowlMaroon 5’s Adam Levine

Big Boi has been
confirmed to join Maroon
5
at their upcoming Super Bowl halftime show.

The NFL confirmed the line-up for the annual event, including
the Outkast rapper
and Travis
Scott
, earlier today (January 13). The Super Bowl LIII will
take place at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3.


Scott was announced for the show last month
but it has been
revealed that he only agreed to perform at the sporting event on
the condition that the NFL make a donation to a social justice
cause.

According to
Billboard
, a source close to the negotiations between
Scott and the NFL said the rapper made a $500,000 (£389k) joint
donation with the American football organisation to “social
justice accelerator” Dream Corps.

Atlanta.@SuperBowl
LIII.
February 3, 2019.@maroon5 |
@trvisXX |
@bigboi

#SBLIII
https://t.co/h4giIOCuA0

— NFL (@NFL)
January 13, 2019

In a statement, Scott confirmed the donation, saying: “I back
anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. 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.”

The ‘Astroworld’ star had faced criticism for his
involvement in the Super Bowl halftime show, with many, including
Black Panther
star Michael B. Jordan and Jay-Z, thinking he should have
turned down the offer to stand in solidarity with quarterback Colin
Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers star last played in 2016
and caused controversy by kneeling during the US national anthem as
a protest against police brutality.

It was previously reported that
Maroon 5 were struggling to find anyone to agree to perform with
them
during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Sources claimed last year that the band had asked over half a
dozen acts to play, including Cardi B, who featured on their
single ‘Girls Like You’. A representative for the Bronx rapper
later said she was “not
particularly interested in participating because of how she feels
about Colin Kaepernic
k and the whole movement.”

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