Thank U, Next: Maroon 5's halftime show was basic

04 February, 2019, 12:41 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Maroon 5 in concert. Credit PA

That may be the case with Maroon 5's halftime performance Sunday during Super Bowl 53.

Maroon 5 has received some criticism for playing during the game amid allegations that NFL teams have blackballed Colin Kaepernick because of his decision to take a knee during the national anthem.

People signed a Change.org petition to have the group perform Sweet Victory, and even Maroon 5 hinted at a Spongebob segment in a video shared on Twitter. Scott performed his No. 1 hit, "Sickomode", and Levine awkwardly danced beside him, which looked nearly as bad as Katy Perry dancing next to Missy Elliott at Super Bowl 49.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: A general view of Maroon 5 performing during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The addition of Big Boi, who is more synonymous with his native Atlanta than Coca Cola and streets named "Peachtree", to the performance roster, along with fellow rapper Scott, did little to appease critics.

He performed in a flaming fake crater before Big Boi arrived in a classic vehicle and he sang his verse from "I Like The Way You Move" by Outkast.

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But rumoured surprise guest Christina Aguilera was a no-show, despite Maroon 5 finishing with their duet Moves Like Jagger.

I am hoping we see Britney Spears perform for next year's Superbowl halftime show.

The Adam Levine-fronted band appeared halfway through the big game, kicking things off with a medley of its biggest hits, "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love".

The musician was only one stage for a couple minutes - to the disappointed of many fans, some of whom complained about his short appearance. "This is the show that's going to have the biggest hip hop presence that there's ever been".

Others questioned the move to release the nipples on live TV after a very similar incident in a previous Super Bowl was deemed unsavoury.

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