Rapper Travis Scott confirmed that he will perform during the Super Bowl's Halftime show with Maroon 5. Critics ranging from celebrities like Amy Schumer to organizations like the NAACP have taken issue with the halftime booking - partially because the big game is taking place in Atlanta, the capital of black music in the US, but largely because of the NFL's treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been essentially drummed out of the league for kneeling during the National Anthem (a move many feel is based in racism) - and advocated for musicians to turn down the gig.
Scott came under fire when he and Maroon 5 agreed to perform at the halftime show in light of protests supporting Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Super Bowl 53 is set for February 3rd, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Actress Amy Schumer had also, in October previous year, appealed to the band to pull out of performing, in what is the most-watched show on television.
The Super Bowl tends to draw the biggest (and least controversial) names in pop, so enlisting Maroon 5, which has earned 14 top 10 hits on the Billboard 100 and sold more than 50 million albums, makes sense for the most-watched show of the year. With the NFL, Scott made a $500,000 donation to Van Jones' Dream Corps. "I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change". Maroon 5's appearance will follow Justin Timberlake's unexceptional performance last year and Lady Gaga's standout showcase the year before that. However, he again stirred some controversy when he performed Minnesota-native Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" with a giant projection of the late artist on a large sheet behind the stage. The Grammy-nominated artist - who was spotted with her ex Offset in Puerto Rico on Friday - had said earlier this year that if the National Football League asked her to perform, she would only do so "when they hire Colin Kaepernick back".