Despite the controversy around performing at the NFL Super Bowl halftime show this year – where many artists declined invitations because they support Colin Kaepernick and others taking a knee during the national anthem to protest the oppression of people of colour within the US – it seems the NFL has managed to fill out the slot.
Maroon 5 had already been announced late last year, and the NFL has now confirmed that Travis Scott and Big Boi will also be performing at one of the most-watched TV performances in the world. Considering the rumours flying around the Jay-Z was trying to talk Travis OUT of performing at the politically-charged event, so can someone please check in on J-Hova to see how he is?
According to the official press release, Travis Scott and Big Boi will be part of a “slate of guest artists” which means that there’s every possibility that these two are not the only ones to have taken up the (probably very alluring) offer of appearing at the halftime show.
It’ll be interesting to see who Maroon 5 have actually nabbed to be a part of the performance, considering pretty much everyone that they reached out to – including Cardi B and Big Boi’s OutKast counterpart, Andre 3000 – have turned down the offer, as reported by Variety.
The Super Bowl is locked in to be held in Atlanta this year, and there’s plenty of big-name artists playing shows in the area around the same time as the big game. The Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on the days leading up to the big game has locked in Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Migos, Lil Yachty, Aerosmith, Ludacris, and Lil Baby. So it’s not like there’s a shortage of artists in the area, it’s just that they don’t seem to want to be associated with the NFL or the super bowl halftime show.
Oh and it’s coming down to the championship games between Kansas City Cheifs and New England Patriots, and the LA Rams and whoever wins out of the Philadephia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints. I’m extremely biased here but God I hope the Pats don’t make it in again.