Performers Underwhelm at Super Bowl Halftime Show


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During the Super Bowl halftime show, Adam Levine performed live with his band Maroon 5 to over 70,000 people, with an additional 100 million watching at home.

Dylan Gates, Media Director

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show left audience members speechless…due to how underwhelming and unimpressive it was. The show featured Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi, which seems like a lineup of second-tier artists compared to the traditional rock or pop artists of  previous years. The poor lineup could have partly been due to many artists declining to perform in the show.

“Big-name performers like Rihanna and Cardi B publicly turned down the slot to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, and 100,000 Maroon 5 fans signed a petition urging them to drop out,” according to USA Today writer Maeve McDermott.

It was clear that Maroon 5 was an afterthought pick due to how boring and lackluster their performance was. The set of songs performed lacked variety, and Maroon 5 did little to excited the audience.

“[Maroon 5] is neutral, inoffensive, sleek without promising too much. For nearly two decades, it has been wildly popular without leaving much of a musical mark, as easy to forget as mild weather,” Jon Caramanica wrote in a New York Times Review.

It seems as if the drama around the NFL has stained the image of the halftime show, leaving it tasteless and unimpressive. Additionally, some fans felt uncomfortable with Maroon 5’s risque performance, specifically when Adam Levine stripped off his shirt.

“Maroon 5 was a big disappointment. I think Adam Levine taking off his shirt was also inappropriate for the Halftime show, which is typically a family event. I wish Travis Scott sang more,” junior Leo Peña said.