ATLANTA (CelebrityAccess) — After months of speculation, the NFL on Sunday confirmed that the three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 will headline this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show during the big game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.
The show will feature Maroon 5 along with special guest artists Travis Scott and hometown favorite Big Boi, in what Pepsi bills as the “broadest range of musical genres ever seen on the Super Bowl stage.”
With the Super Bowl just three weeks away, the announcement of Maroon 5 as the headlining act was surprisingly late. Last year’s headliner Justin Timberlake was announced in August.
The timing may hint at some behind the scenes drama. Multiple media outlets in October that Rihanna took a pass on the headlining slot this year in a show of solidarity with protests by NFL players and entertainers, including former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The annual Super Bowl halftime show is perhaps the most high profile annual concert performance. Last year’s performance by Justin Timberlake was viewed by an estimated 103 million people.
Previous performers during the big game have included Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and Prince among others.