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During the Super Bowl's half-time show, the soccer field becomes the largest stage in the United States, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artists to perform in half an hour for more than 100 million viewers. With an unparalleled audience and a legacy of iconic performances, scoring on the part-time program has always been an elite achievement for artists like Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in recent years. It's like winning the Grammy for the album of the year, once a sign for the artists that they are an institution as dear as the Super Bowl.
As the complicated road to the part-time show of Super Bowl LIII in 2019 has shown us, things are quite different this time, with confirmed artists dealing with waves of bad press in the weeks leading up to what is supposed to be one of the most exciting concerts of their careers: a test of the extent to which the part-time show has fallen as one of the most important nights of music.
After months of reports that many of the biggest stars in the United States had turned down the half-time slot, it was known that Maroon 5 would be featured in the game on February 2. While fans wrote requests for the band not to play in the program, the NFL delayed officially announcing the part-time show's lineup for months, waiting until mid-January, weeks before the game, to confirm that Maroon 5 would be playing. And when rapper Travis Scott recently announced that he would join Maroon 5 on stage, he said he only agreed to act if the NFL made a donation to a social justice organization, and still received criticism for subscribing to the show.
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The kneeling controversy of Colin Kaepernick and the subsequent absence from the NFL lists inspired many artists to speak publicly in his favor and reportedly contributed to Rihanna's decision to reject the opportunity of the part-time show. Similarly, Cardi B's representative told page six that she was not interested "because of what she feels for Colin Kaepernick and the whole movement." And Jay-Z made clear his feelings about the NFL in his lyrics and "Ape" from Beyonce. *** "Single last year, rapping," I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I do not need you. "
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And while the performance certainly will not affect the careers of Maroon 5 or Travis Scott, it's hard to imagine the artists who want to join the part-time show next year after the media debacle of the past few months.
Since the initial speculation about the performance of Maroon 5 broke last fall, a widely publicized Change.org petition accumulated more than 100,000 signatures of people who asked the band not to play the show. And when Scott tried to get ahead of the controversy by announcing that the NFL would donate $ 500,000 on his behalf to Dream Corps, an organization that supports social justice efforts, he was publicly criticized for his decision to act on behalf of his teammates, including T.I. and Nick Cannon, with Kaepernick denying that Scott has consulted with him on whether to act or not.
Atlanta music scene could have been perfect backdrop
Most disheartening is the fact that 2019 should have been a historic year for the part-time show, thanks to the host city of the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the nexus of hip-hop culture in the United States, whose native children are Outkast , TI, Migos, Future, Young Jeezy, Childish Gambino, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Killer Mike. It is unclear how many of these names approached the NFL to appear at halftime, but only one said yes: Big Boi, Atlanta rapper and Outkast member, who also confirmed that he will join Maroon 5 and Scott in the stage, and Otherwise, has been near the silent radio in recent weeks about the appearance.
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Despite all the dangers of the part-time show this year, that may be the most depressing. What should have been a celebration of the shame of wealth that Atlanta has to offer will be spearheaded by Maroon 5, a band whose faceless pop hits are as far from the vibrant musical culture of the city as it seems possible. And the only Atlanta native the NFL could achieve, Big Boi, is apparently trying to keep his appearance as unobtrusive as possible, probably due to the toxic reception he received from the artists of the halftime show.
The part-time show almost certainly will receive its tens of millions of viewers on February 2, as it does every year. And afterwards, the NFL will have to find a way to adapt to the new half-time reputation, perhaps by resorting to legacy reserve acts instead of the younger stars they've pursued during the last years of performances, stars that, If This year is a sign, you may not return your calls. As long as the Super Bowl survives, he probably still has a part-time show. The question is whether that program will be good after the almost fatal blow that had its reputation this year.
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