Maroon 5 to play Super Bowl halftime show

Maroon 5 will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in Atlanta

The NFL officially announced Maroon 5 as the act that will be headlining the halftime show performance at the 2019 Super Bowl, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3rd.

Also set to appear: Travis Scott and Big Boi of the Atlanta-bred group Outkast.

But it comes after more than 75,000 people signed an online petition for the band not to play the Super Bowl to support Colin Kaepernick, the former National Football League quarterback who started kneeling protests during pre-game USA anthem performances as a way to protest racial and social injustice and police brutality.

The gig marks Scott's most high-profile performance to date, capping off an incredible year that saw him get a No. 1 album with Astroworld, multiple radio hits like "Sicko Mode" and a tour that had superstars like Beyonce, JAY-Z, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West in attendance.

In December, Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium - host of Super Bowl LIII - tweeted an acknowledgement of the petition, utilizing a GIF from Season 2 episode "Band Geeks", which sees SpongeBob and friends perform a crowd-pleasing showstopper during Bikini Bottom's Bubble Bowl.

Lady Gaga headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017
Lady Gaga headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017

They had to make a generous donation to a social justice cause of Travis's choosing.

"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", Scott said in a statement to PEOPLE. 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. "Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show".

But it's been rumoured that some big stars - including Rihanna and Cardi B - have refused to perform at the show.

Big Boi will be joining Maroon 5 and Travis Scott at the Super bowl.

Many artists reportedly turned down the chance to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl half-time show for fear of alienating their fans.

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