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The NFL Announces Super Bowl Halftime Show Artist

The NFL Announces Super Bowl Halftime Show Artist

Rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi have officially joined headliner Maroon 5 as halftime entertainment at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, the National Football League confirmed in a Twitter post on Sunday. Until the league changes their policy and supports players' constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL.

Super Bowl LIII will be broadcast on CBS and and streamed on CBSSports.com on Sunday, February 3. An online petition began circulating asking Maroon 5 to drop out of performance.

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

According to insiders, "no one wants to be associated with the NFL" thanks to the league's controversy with Colin Kaepernick and his "take a knee" protest against police brutality.

Adam Levine skirted around the rumours past year that Maroon 5 would be playing the Super Bowl half-time show.

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They had to make a generous donation to a social justice cause of Travis's choosing.

Despite the agreement, Scott's performance was received with its fair share of negativity, including from Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan, who told TMZ that his performance goes against what the rapper stands for.

Maroon 5 have sold more than 53 million albums and 48 million singles and set a record for the most No. 1 singles (nine) by a group in the 20-year history of the top-40 chart.

"I think he should do what a lot of other major artists have done: say 'I'm not going to participate.' You can't fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus", the 64-year-old activist added.

The 2018 Super Bowl when Justin Timberlake performed at halftime was watched by a television audience of 103 million, the biggest by far for any TV event in the United States.