But the crowd seemed to get riled up the most for Big Boi, who rolled into the show in a classic vehicle. If the first half remains pretty standard you should expect Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi to take the stage near 8:30 p.m.
What he didn't address in that chat was Maroon 5's general lack of flair for the dramatic, a normal prerequisite for any decent halftime entertainer.
While he performed 'Sweet Victory, ' since his moment was pretty short, the fans were not entirely satisfied. However, prior to the event, there were reports that big-name artists like Jay-Z and Rihanna had turned down performing, taking a stand in solidarity with former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick to highlight social justice issues.
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A third commentator said: "Absolutely screaming that Big Boi and Travis Scott were literally on stage for five seconds". During a desperate rendition of "She Will Be Loved", lantern drones (by Intel) rose above the stage to spell the vaguely inspirational phrase "One Love", like a needlessly expensive memorial to a career caught in the crossfire of #activism.
"I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform", she told the Associated Press last week.
Others questioned the move to release the nipples on live TV after a very similar incident in a previous Super Bowl was deemed unsavoury. Since his protest, Kaepernick has not been able to play football professionally.
Before the show, Levine acknowledged there had been controversy but said the band would "speak through the music". Not only is the title fitting for the occasion and says it all, but the chorus ("Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play") couldn't have been any more flawless and a great save for this otherwise awkward situation.
It appears Spongebob is making the most of being a fave of U.S. sports team across the country with the music video playing on the screens, while fans cheered and danced in their seats.