On Wednesday, reports emerged that pop band Maroon 5 is set to headline the Super Bowl halftime show. As has often been the case, there's a good chance they won't be alone.
Considering the Super Bowl is being played in Atlanta this year, a hub for hip hop that is currently having one of its biggest music moments, the response to the choice was extremely muted.
Adam Levine and his band have been popular for a long time, but they have no connection to the city, not that that is always a consideration. Justin Timberlake did pay homage to local legend Prince in Minneapolis last season.
Atlanta rapper Waka Flacka Flame was among those who spoke out, telling TMZ he thinks a local act should get the spot:
“I think for the Super Bowl you should have someone from Atlanta representing Atlanta, just because the Super Bowl’s here so we can give them that spice. I think they should have someone like Migos, Future. I could come play ‘Hard In The Paint.’ They need somebody from Atlanta in it. It’s only right.”
According to a new report, Maroon 5 could be joined by rappers Cardi B and Travis Scott in the performance.
Maroon 5 will be headlining the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show, a source confirms to Billboard. While special guest appearances for the performance have not yet been finalized, Cardi B and Travis Scott are on the short list, Billboard has also learned.
Cardi B was recently featured on Maroon 5's hit "Girls Like You," so her involvement makes sense. Travis Scott is not an Atlanta rapper—he is from Houston—but he does have some connections to the city's hip hop scene, and put out one of the genre's biggest albums of the year over the summer, Astroworld.
Those who want to see local legends like Outkast, Ludacris, or T.I., or newer acts like Migos or Future show up may be out of luck, but it sounds like there should be more than Adam Levine and company. And of course, there could always be surprises. We've seen halftime shows with a number of unexpected cameos.