Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host one of the biggest concerts of the year midway through Super Bowl 53 on Sunday. More than 100 million viewers watched Justin Timberlake’s performance in Minneapolis last year, but there doesn’t seem to be the same level of buzz for the 2019 halftime show.
Maroon 5 is headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, which was a polarizing choice among fans for multiple reasons.
Aside from the fact that the band has no obvious connection to Atlanta, many artists, celebrities and fans called on the band to pull out of the show in support of Colin Kaepernick. More than 110,000 people signed an online petition asking the band to drop the gig. It was reported by People that Maroon 5, Interscope Records and the NFL will donate $500,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Rapper Travis Scott will join Maroon 5 for the halftime show, who reportedly agreed to perform on the condition that the league donate $500k to Dream Corps.
Atlanta legend Big Boi, one-half of the group OutKast, rounds out the announced halftime show lineup. Big Boi said in 2015 that OutKast once turned down an opportunity to play at the Super Bowl because Andre 3000 didn’t want to perform shortened songs.
Super Bowl 53 will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS this Sunday. Live Super Bowl coverage on CBS will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET.
You can expect the halftime show to begin around 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. ET