Friday, 26 April, 2019

Maroon 5 closed out its glitzy halftime show

SpongeBob SquarePants&apos creator Stephen Hillenburg died last year. Credit Nickelodeon SpongeBob SquarePants&apos creator Stephen Hillenburg died last year. Credit Nickelodeon
Angelica Greene | 04 February, 2019, 16:13

More than 100 million viewers watched Justin Timberlake's performance in Minneapolis previous year, but there doesn't seem to be the same level of buzz for the 2019 halftime show.

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Maroon 5 threw just about everything at the Super Bowl halftime show: a gospel choir, a drumline, pyrotechnics, a giant letter "M" and even SpongeBob.

Maroon 5's lead vocalist, Adam Levine, removed his shirt, which led viewers to remember the reaction to Janet Jackson and "Nipplegate" 15 years ago. After the show's creator Stephen Hillenburg died last fall, mourning fans started an online campaign for "Sweet Victory", a song from a 2001 episode about a game called the Bubble Bowl, to be played during the halftime performance.

Levine, meanwhile, opted for something a little more straight-up, taking to the stage in a Dries Van Noten zipper.

After an introduction from SpongeBob Squarepents, Scott then launched into a mosh-worthy rendition of "Sicko Mode" as flying meteors crashed to the ground.

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Another big victor? Big Boi. Although Adam Levine is being vague about it, he did suggest that we might get an Outkast reunion between Big Boi and Andre 3000.

For SpongeBob fans everywhere, the performance was extremely disappointing - and they made their feelings known on Twitter, too.

A third commentator said: "Absolutely screaming that Big Boi and Travis Scott were literally on stage for five seconds". "But there's a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him", Cardi B said of her decision to not to perform.

What he didn't address in that chat was Maroon 5's general lack of flair for the dramatic, a normal prerequisite for any decent halftime entertainer.

"Super Bowl LIII saw the New England Patriots run out 13-3 winners over the Los Angeles Rams, their sixth title equalling the Pittsburgh Steelers" all-time Super Bowl record. The show's line up was affected by the national debate sparked by former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick kneeling in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in 2016.

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