Maroon 5, joined by Interscope Records and the NFL, are making a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, People reviews. The announcement arrives forward of Maroon 5’s Super Bowl LIII halftime performance, which takes place this Sunday, February three at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Travis Scott and Big Boi will carry out with Maroon 5.
All three artists’ selections to carry out on the Super Bowl have been met with backlash because the NFL is embroiled in a authorized battle with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not performed within the league since 2017. Kaepernick is preventing the NFL, which he believes is colluding against him as a result of his kneeling protests during the national anthem.
There have been petitions calling for Maroon 5 to drop out of the show. In addition, celebrities like Amy Schumer have urged Maroon 5 to again out of the gig. The band’s keyboardist PJ Morton defended the performance, stating, “Our job as musicians is to provide a service and make people feel good, and I think that’s going to be our mission—just to have a good time and do what we do.”
Travis Scott’s resolution, specifically, has been scrutinized by the hip-hop neighborhood, with rappers like Meek Mill tweeting, “He don’t need that he on fire already! Stay strong in this shit!” In addition, in accordance with Variety, JAY-Z “was attempting to talk [Travis Scott] out of [performing].”
Travis Scott beforehand revealed that he agreed to carry out on the Super Bowl on the situation that the NFL joined him in making a $500,000 donation to the Dream Corps—a Van Jones-founded group that backs social justice efforts.