Emily Zanotti for the Daily Wire reports, The National Football League is having a very difficult time finding acts to play the halftime show for the league’s annual Super Bowl — and musicians are beginning to call the prime time performance slot the “least-wanted gig” in music.
The National Football League is having a very difficult time finding acts to play the halftime show for the league’s annual Super Bowl — and musicians are beginning to call the prime time performance slot the “least-wanted gig” in music.
Variety Magazine reports that Maroon 5 is, so far, the only act scheduled to perform during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, but even the multi-platinum band has yet to confirm their appearance according to NME, and they can’t find a single act willing to make a “special appearance” during their 15-minute set between halves of the national football championship game.
“According to sources,” Variety reports, “the band has reached out to more than a half-dozen stars to appear as featured guests during the 13-minute slot midway through Super Bowl LIII, but so far, none have agreed to do it. Among those considering the appearance are Cardi B, who is featured on the Maroon 5 hit ‘Girls Like You,’ which spent seven weeks at No. 1 over the fall (the rapper is also scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10) and Andre Benjamin, AKA Andre 3000 of beloved local act Outkast.”
The problem seems to be the NFL, and in particular, its relationship with out-of-work second-string QB Colin Kaepernick.
Just days after word broke that Maroon 5 would be performing in the Super Bowl halftime show, comedian Amy Schumer began a crusade to force the band to reconsider the NFL’s offer, publicly shaming them on social media and demanding that Maroon 5 “stand up for your brothers and sisters of color” by renouncing the gig until Colin Kaepernick is signed by an NFL team.