Maroon 5, Backed by Travis Scott & Big Boi, Officially Confirmed as Super Bowl Headliners
After months of speculation, Maroon 5 is confirmed to headline the 2019 Super Bowl, a source exclusively tells PEOPLE
Performing alongside Maroon 5 are Travis Scott and Atlanta native Big Boi of Outkast.
“I’m still formulating a lot of things,” Levine, 39, told Varietyin a wide-ranging interview for their November hitmakers issue.
Levine previously spoke only in hypothetical terms — joking that “whoever is lucky enough to get that gig probably is gonna crush it” — when Ellen DeGeneres asked him about the Super Bowl during an appearance on her show in November.
“It’s a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It’s definitely a rumor. And the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing,” he said.
On Sunday afternoon the band posted a video to their social media accounts confirming their performance at the Super Bowl LIII Pepsi Halftime Show.
This will be Maroon 5’s first ever Super Bowl performance. Last year’s featured Justin Timberlake (for the second time) and 2017 was Lady Gaga. Other big names that have taken the stage in recent years include, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz.
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.
Just ahead of the big game, Cardi B and Bruno Mars will be taking the stage, performing at The NFL’s official pre-game events.
According to a statement, Scott agreed to perform at the event on the condition that the NFL would join him in a joint donation to a charitable cause. In partnership with the league, Scott, 26, will make a $500,000 contribution to Dream Corps, a non-profit organization that champions social justice.
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement to PEOPLE. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”
Maroon 5’s 2019 Super Bowl LIII Pepsi Halftime Show airs Feb. 3 on CBS.