Performing at the Super Bowl now amounts to an endorsement of the NFL's policies, and sources tell Variety that multiple artists of color - including Cardi B (who is featured on Maroon 5's recent hit "Girls Like You"), Outkast, Mary J. Blige, Usher and Nicki Minaj - were considered or approached to perform with Maroon 5.
Last year, speculation over the band's decision to sign on for the high-profile performance brought controversy with some fans calling for them to forego the event in support Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the #TakeAKnee movement to protest racial injustices.
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It was announced Sunday that the Grammy-nominated artist will take center stage with Atlanta native Big Boi in Atlanta on February 3.
"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", said Scott in a statement about the charitable donation. Several artists including Rihanna, Cardi B, Jay Z, and Lauryn Hill have reportedly declined to perform at the halftime show, opting to stand solidarity with National Football League player Colin Kaepernick who faced backlash after kneeling in protest of police brutality. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire".
Maroon Five and Big Boi marked the occasion by sharing his excitement via Twitter.
The NFL reportedly had quite a tough time booking acts for the performance, which will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.