Maroon 5 will be performing during the Atlanta Super Bowl. A city with a history of incredible R&B talent, strong rappers, and tons of soul may have expected someone more indicative of the area, but the popular pop band got the nod.
Twitter wasn’t happy about it.
The NFL could've had the greatest Dirty South concert ever with Outkast, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Future, Lil' Jon, T.I., Jeezy, & Gucci Mane all being from Atlanta, but instead they went with……..Maroon 5 for the Super Bowl. What are we even doing?
— Rob Savage (@rob__savage) September 19, 2018
Outkast doing the Super Bowl halftime show in Atlanta is maybe the easiest decision in the history of humankind but instead we get… Maroon 5.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) September 19, 2018
WTF. Outcast, Usher, Ludicrous, T.I, Migos, Yeezy, Lil Jon are ATL originals and we get Maroon 5???♂️ https://t.co/7Y3XLgNh0u
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) September 19, 2018
The SuperBowl halftime committee after they picked Maroon 5 knowing everyone wanted Rihanna. pic.twitter.com/2Fz7xQFfei
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) September 19, 2018
I'm curious how many artists, legacy and contemporary, the NFL contacted who declined to perform in protest of the league's ills before they got a yes from Maroon 5.
— Eric Renner Brown (@ericrennerbrown) September 19, 2018
I’m excited about Maroon 5 in Atlanta. Now excuse me while I head to New Orleans to eat at Applebee’s.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) September 19, 2018
Here are a few acts I wish were playing the Super Bowl instead of Maroon 5:
Rome w/out Sublime
Tom Hanks & Dan Aykroyd doing the Dragnet rap
The dancing Six Flags old man
Blake Lively’s sister performing "Take That" from Teen Witch
— Jensen Karp (@JensenKarp) September 19, 2018
Atlanta, home of Outkast, T.I., Future, Ludacris, Usher, etc., gets Maroon 5 to play the damn Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/KHpGNRsJGX
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) September 19, 2018
To be fair, few bands can claim as many hits. Even fewer have been able to keep the chart-topping going for such an extended period of time. They’re a band that crosses a couple of generations, making them a decent, albeit generic choice to perform on the most televised musical stage of the year.
Let the haters keep hating.