Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi shook off the controversy surrounding their Super Bowl LIII halftime performance on Sunday night and performed a lengthy set that involved:
– A shirtless Adam Levine.
– Big Boi arriving via fancy car.
– A choir.
– A marching band.
– And… Spongebob Squarepants?
Yes, to all of the above.
Levine and company kicked things off with mega hits “Harder to Breathe” and “This Love," prior to SpongeBob SquarePants appearing on screen and helping to introduce Kylie Jenner’s baby daddy.
He cursed a lot.
Most of his performance was censored.
From there, Maroon 5 cranked out a few more of their most popular tracks before Outkast’s Big Boi rode shotgun to the scene in order infuse some energy into the show with “The Way You Move.”
Then it was back to more Maroon 5 jams, such as "Moves Like Jagger," which somehow lacked a cameo by Christina Aguilera.
Prior to Sunday, Levine was forced to answer questions about actually choosing to do the gig after many other acts pulled out in support of Colin Kaepernick and the way the NFL has treated the quarterback.
“No one thought about it more than I did,” Levine said in a pre-Bowl interview with Entertainment Tonight, adding:
“No one put more thought and love into this than I did…
"I spoke to many people, most importantly, though, I silenced all the noise and listened to myself, and made my decision about how I felt.”
In conjunction with Interscope Records and the NFL, the band also donated $500,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, while Scott (also working with the NFL) will make a donation to Dream Corps, a social justice organization founded by CNN’s Van Jones.
For now, though, let’s just focus on the performance itself.
Reaction on social media was not very positive:
But you can give it a grade here:
And then give it a look here as well.