Maroon 5 Avoids Politics - and Entertainment - During Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 in concert. Credit PA

Maroon 5 in concert. Credit PA

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Travis Scott is carried by the crowd during halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta.

In the end, audiences got to see a clip of SpongeBob singing "Sweet Victory" for a few seconds before rapper Travis Scott began to perform "Sicko Mode".

He'd exit the stage just after leading the crowd into a classic "ATL Hoe" chant.

Maroon 5's Adam Levine went shirtless at the Super Bowl yesterday, and viewers were quick to draw comparisons to the controversy around Janet Jackson's performance over a decade ago.

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But prior to their actual performance, Maroon 5 has already been riddled with controversy.

While the SpongeBob inclusion was a nice touch to the Halftime Show, people weren't happy. "Forgive, Laugh, Cry, Smile, Share, Live, Endure, Embrace, Remember, Enlighten, Preserve, Inspire, Sweat, Fight, Express, Give, Receive, Elevate, Climb, Unify, Fortify, Soften, Dance, Scream, Dream, Educate, Provide, Inhale, Exhale, Persevere, Stand, Kneel, Overcome, Love, Listen".

A drumline and a gospel choir joined the band for a rendition of "Girls Like You" just before Big Boi rolled in to sing parts of his song "Kryptonite", before jumping in with Levine for parts of OutKast's "The Way You Move".

The Super Bowl half-time show is one of the biggest events in U.S. popular culture, with previous performers including Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Beyonce.

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Kavitha Davidson, an ESPN writer, tweeted that the performance was like the "Fyre Festival" of halftime shows. CBS, which aired that Super Bowl, was fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for the 2004 incident, but the fine later was overturned. Cardi B, particularly, said she will only perform if Colin would be allowed to play again.

In 2016, the sidelined 31-year-old quarterback protested police brutality, racial injustice, and systematic oppression by taking a knee during the national anthem.

I even liked some recent ones: Lady Gaga's 2017 set wasn't boring, I didn't dislike Justin Timberlake's one from a year ago as much as a lot of people did and I thought Beyoncé's 2016 performance of "Formation" was the sly and timely political commentary this country needed before everything went to hell.

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