[A full review of the halftime show will follow.]
Maroon 5 performed an eight-song set spanning its 17-year recording career at the halftime of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, which included “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved” and “Moves Like Jagger.”
The rapper Travis Scott joined for “Sicko Mode,” his ubiquitous hit from 2018, leading to a few bleeps from the censors. A gospel choir — but not Cardi B — took the stage when the band performed its most recent hit, “Girls Like You,” which features the Bronx rapper on its studio version. And Big Boi, one of Atlanta’s most famous hip-hop exports, rolled out in a Cadillac to perform the Outkast track “The Way You Move.”
Before the game, the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle harmonized on “America the Beautiful” and Gladys Knight sang the national anthem.
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Maroon 5 is the first band to take the stage at halftime since Coldplay in 2016. (That performance was followed by Lady Gaga in 2017 and Justin Timberlake in 2018). Maroon 5’s singer, Adam Levine, has been a coach on the reality-singing competition “The Voice” since 2011. The band, which has released five albums since its multiplatinum debut “Songs About Jane” in 2002, has been a consistent presence on the Billboard Hot 100.
The conversation about halftime performers was more heated than usual this year, with rumors that some top-tier artists wouldn’t perform at the game out of support for Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.