Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fans disappointed by Maroon 5 and Travis Scott's Super Bowl halftime show

Fans disappointed by Maroon 5 and Travis Scott's Super Bowl halftime show

Amid the musical stylings of Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi at the world's most-watched concert during the Super Bowl halftime show, it was SpongeBob SquarePants that had people talking.

They also brought out rapper Travis Scott and Outkast member Big Boi to sing Sicko Mode and The Way You Move, respectively.

Following a controversy-filled Super Bowl halftime performance - although the performance itself worked hard to be uncontroversial - Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine posted a note on Instagram sharing his thoughts on the occasion. Though Super Bowl LIII has lacked in drama, the halftime show gave the night some much-needed life.

The musician was only one stage for a couple minutes - to the disappointed of many fans, some of whom complained about his short appearance.

The choice of the pop rock act was meant to "please fans - and corporate overlords - eager for a halftime show that put politics aside for a few sweet moments", wrote the Los Angeles Times.

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The band's announcement that they would perform at this year's Super Bowl was met with controversy, with calls for them to pull out because of the NFL's stance over some players refusing to stand when the USA national anthem is played in protest against the treatment of black people in America.

Travis Scott is carried by the crowd during halftime at the Super Bowl. To make matters worse, after performing "Sugar", Maroon 5 concluded their set with "Moves Like Jagger", which has to be one of their most obnoxious songs of all-time; moreover, Levine took off his shirt during that song, which was completely unnecessary.

The group's performance followed months of questions over who would accept this year's Super Bowl gig, after artists such as Rihanna and Pink reportedly turned it down in support of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. "But there's a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him", Cardi B said of her decision to not to perform. The act of protest was later taken up by a number of players across the league. "As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children, and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show". "I guess, when I think about it, this dream ending fits with Spongebob's eternal optimism", petition founder Isreal Colunga said in a statement.

Many Super Bowl watchers, however, were more unimpressed by what Levine wasn't wearing - with some declaring the shirtless last quarter of his halftime performance the sweaty second coming of "Nipplegate".

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