ATLANTA — Maroon 5, the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime present on Sunday, has already managed to do one thing its predecessors didn’t: Skipping out on the normal information convention to advertise the present.
The N.F.L. mentioned the performers — together with Travis Scott and Big Boi — had been too busy getting ready to attend the occasion, which had been scheduled for Thursday however was canceled Tuesday night.
“Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event,” the N.F.L. mentioned in a information launch asserting the cancellation. “As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking.”
The questioning just isn’t often a grilling. Last 12 months, Justin Timberlake was requested whether or not Tom Brady was a rival in Timberlake’s bromance with Jimmy Fallon. Two years earlier than, Coldplay’s Chris Martin was requested if his youngsters, Apple and Moses, understood how large his efficiency on the Super Bowl can be.
Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas and The Who all took their activates the rostrum in recent times.
Yet this 12 months’s artists nearly actually would face questions on Colin Kaepernick, the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback who, by kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem, began a protest motion towards racial injustice and police brutality in 2016. He has not been on an N.F.L. workforce since that season.
According to information studies, some chart-topping performers turned down invitations to perform at the Super Bowl, out of support for Kaepernick. Scott said he had talked by phone with Kaepernick before it was announced that he would be performing, according to Variety, which cited a source close to Scott as saying the two had come to a “mutual respect and understanding.” That account was later disputed on Twitter by Nessa Diab, a radio host who is also Kaepernick’s girlfriend.
PJ Morton, Maroon 5’s keyboardist, told People that he believed the group could both oppose police brutality and perform at the Super Bowl.
“We can support being against police brutality against black and brown people and be in support of being able to peacefully protest and still do our jobs,” he said. “We just want to have a good time and entertain people while understanding the important issues that are at hand.”
The halftime show isn’t the only Super Bowl performance for which Kaepernick has become a flash point. Gladys Knight, who will perform the national anthem before the game, seemed to criticize Kaepernick’s method of activism this month.
The N.F.L. did not respond to a request for comment on the cancellation. A representative for Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s frontman, did not return a phone call requesting comment.