Considering the high-drama lead-up to the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, expectations were set relatively low for Maroon 5, the night’s controversial headliners, also joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi.
And on Sunday night, Maroon 5 proved why they were exactly the act the NFL wanted to headline their most controversial halftime show yet, delivering a dialed-in performance 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 show was preceded by a months-long public flogging 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 petition urging them to drop out, the band weathered brutal headlines asking “Can you name a member of Maroon 5 beside Adam Levine?,” “Will Maroon 5 give us the weakest-ever Super Bowl halftime show?,” and “The Super Bowl’s biggest question: Why are Maroon 5 so popular?”