Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show

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Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during Super Bowl LIII's halftime show, the National Football League announced Sunday.

Maroon 5 had been long rumored to be playing the feature slot on one of the most watched United States television shows of any year.

Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan told Vibe magazine in December he hoped Travis Scott, also rumoured as a performer at the time, wouldn't participate for the same reason.

"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", Scott said in a statement obtained by Billboard and Variety.

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. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire".

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Rumors the band would be headlining the performance emerged back in September but the story had yet to be confirmed. "I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change".

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

Jay-Z, Meek Mill and the Reverend Al Sharpton were among the people who sources or reports said criticized or tried to convince Scott to decline the performance. There is an online petition urging Maroon 5 to withdraw from the gig.

Talk of who would perform at the February 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium had been ongoing for months, with reports that several artists had refused requests out of protest of the NFL.

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