Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Atlanta native Big Boi rocked out the Mercedes Benz Stadium Sunday night during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, performing a string of smash hits.
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Maroon 5 opened the show with a mashup of some of their older fan-favorites including “Harder to Breathe” and “This Love.”
With an introduction from the beloved animated character Spongebob, Travis Scott then took the stage, rocking out the stadium with his single “Sicko Mode.”
Big Boi eventually emerged, decked out in a fur coat, to perform his hit “The Way You Move” in his hometown.
The performance featured a drum line and at one point even a gospel choir.
When Maroon 5 performed their 2004 hit, “She Will Be Loved,” audience members participated by letting lanterns loose in the stadium with messages of encouragement penned on the sides such as “Smile” and “Love.”
Maroon 5 eventually closed out the show with their hit, “Moves Like Jagger,” during which the band’s frontman Adam Levine ripped off his shirt to a roaring audience as flames emerged behind him.
Once a coveted gig by major musicians, this year’s halftime show has courted controversy for months after many big acts reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform in protest over the NFL’s handling of former player Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, who was previously a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, protested racial injustice in the U.S. by kneeling during the national anthem before football games. He has not been signed to an NFL team since 2017. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October of 2018, alleging that NFL team owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests.
That case is still pending