Review: Maroon 5 delivers a flavorless halftime show, avoids being the worst ever
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Adam Levine goes topless for art, Travis Scott and Big Boi make spectacular entrances to the Super Bowl halftime show. ( Feb. 4 ) AP Considering the high-drama lead-up to the 2019 Super Bowl halftime display, expectations were set relatively low for Maroon 5, the night ‘s controversial headliners, besides joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. And on Sunday nox, Maroon 5 proved why they were precisely the act the NFL wanted to headline their most controversial halftime show however, delivering a dialed-in operation with zero surprises and nothing that could add to the headache the league has already endured. Does that mean it was good ? Far from it. Sunday night ‘s halftime picture was preceded by a months-long public whipping for Maroon 5, who became an internet punchline once news broke that they were the NFL ‘s chosen performers. Beyond big-name performers like Rihanna and Cardi B who publicly turned down the slot to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, and the 100,000 Maroon 5 fans who signed a prayer urging them to drop out, the band weathered beastly headlines asking “ Can you name a member of Maroon 5 beside Adam Levine ?, ” “ Will Maroon 5 give us the weakest-ever Super Bowl halftime display ?, ” and “ The Super Bowl ‘s biggest doubt : Why are Maroon 5 sol popular ? ” Reaction: Twitter wanted more SpongeBob, less of Adam Levine ‘s nipples at Super Bowl halftime usher Does anyone still care? RIP to the Super Bowl halftime testify, no longer a cultural initiation The performance surely did n’t do much to highlight Maroon 5 ‘s non-Adam Levine members, with the frontman ‘s knuckle tattoo entirely getting more screen time than the rest of the band combined. Levine, no stranger to the screen door thanks to his “ Voice ” coaching gig and his many random endorsements, did his very good to remain at the vanguard of the performance at all times, the most gratuitous of his many camera-mugging moments coming when he launched his shirt into the herd to reveal his sweaty, tattoo-covered torso during their groan-worthy set closer, “ Moves Like Jagger. ”
Beyond their final sung, though, Maroon 5 did n’t give their haters much ammo to mock them with, reminding fans that they have enough upstanding pop hits to carry their operation. That ‘s chiefly because they kept many of their more obstruct holocene hits out of their set tilt, in favor of songs from their 2002 debut “ Songs About Jane ” – “ Harder to Breathe, ” “ This Love ” and “ She Will Be Loved ” – though the newspaper lanterns spelling “ one beloved ” that lit up the flip during the latter track were a heavy-handed touch. maroon 5 besides learned from Justin Timberlake ‘s mistakes survive class, and kept their performance tightly focused on their songs, with Timberlake ‘s bungled adjust opener – showing him traversing a mock cabaret that wholly muffled his sound levels – and maligned Prince protection drawing jeers for a set that was otherwise largely passable. alternatively, the band handed over the thrills to their two guest stars, one of whom – Big Boi, the Outkast rapper repping Atlanta during his too-short “ The Way You Move ” operation – was an necessity presence, providing a necessary hometown tribute during a show that otherwise ignored the Super Bowl ‘s host city. The early guest star, Travis Scott, provided the halftime show ‘s entirely moments of genuine outlandishness, as he emerged to a SpongeBob SquarePants intro, came onstage surrounded by flames, performed an approximate version of his “ Sicko Mode ” hit and then crowdsurfed from scene, never to be seen again. Related: Cardi B had ‘ shuffle feelings ’ about declining Super Bowl halftime performance At least Sunday night ‘s performance concludes elongated bloodcurdling PR for the NFL surrounding the prove. After months of tumult over who would headline, news program broke that Maroon 5 would be performing, sparking waves of veto weight-lift. The NFL delayed officially announcing the halftime usher lineup for months, waiting until mid-january – weeks before the plot – to confirm Maroon 5. Scott ‘s announcement that he would be joining Maroon 5 was similarly fraught, with the knocker attempting to come out ahead of the controversy by issuing a statement that he agreed to perform only if the NFL donated to a social-justice constitution. He hush got grief from many of his peers for signing onto the usher, with Kaepernick denying that Scott consulted him about whether to perform. And while Maroon 5 managed to clear the hilariously broken bar of not being the worst halftime show of all time, the fact that the operation was by and large composed of generic pop music – and performed by white artists, including the inexplicably largely flannel drum line – during a Super Bowl held in Atlanta, one of America ‘s most proudly divers cities that besides serves as the link of hip-hop culture, shows how misguided the choice of Maroon 5 was for this night.
somehow, the NFL thought it was sufficient to grant Big Boi a mere half a birdcall ‘s deserving of airtime before whisking him off the stage, with Levine stripping off his “ Atliens ” jacket arsenic soon as he possibly could to show off his biceps. The NFL and Maroon 5 seemed to be in agreement on what the focus should be during Sunday nox ‘s halftime show, and it certain was n’t the city ‘s cultural bequest. rather, viewers got a white-bread operation from one of America ‘s most generic groups, distinctive only for how uncontroversial it was, how wholly a miss opportunity it represented and how much of Levine ‘s in truth abysmal dance moves we were all forced to watch .