Maroon 5 criticized for Super Bowl performance seen as ‘boring’ and ‘safe’

Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine is responding to critics of the band's performance during the Super Bowl 2019 Pepsi Halftime Show. After their performance, Maroon 5 shared a message on Instagram, thanking fans for support and revealing a list of words they wrote down after accepting the gig. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better.

"Janet Jackson's good reputation was tarnished for 50 percent less nipple than we saw today", another user added.

Both rappers have also faced their fair share of controversy, with reports they've been urged to pull out of the half-time show.

"No one put more thought and love into this than I did".

Adam Levine during the halftime show.

After months of controversy over their appearances, the rap stars made a decision to play it safe, as did Maroon 5.

Others wondered why in Atlanta - where, to quote uber-producer Jermaine Dupri's song "Welcome to Atlanta", "all the playas play" - a choice with local ties hadn't been made.

The band was joined by Big Boi and Travis Scott as they blazed through songs from Songs About Jane, and more recent hits, like "Moves Like Jagger".


February 4, 2019Hey Superbowl people: Many of us actually ONLY tune in to see the halftime show.

As you know by now, the band took over the field at the Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia earlier tonight but it seems like fans were more excited over a possible Spongebob appearance at the big event.

I would have to agree with Mark on this one.

This Sunday evening, after stuffing your face with chips and wings and watching gobs of commercials, you'll have to wrestle with this question: How was Maroon 5's halftime performance?

Noise and controversy surrounded this year's Super Bowl since some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Rihanna also reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform.

Some on Twitter did not side with Trucco's dispute against the halftime show, since he didn't own any of the content used to create the meme.

I even liked some recent ones: Lady Gaga's 2017 set wasn't boring, I didn't dislike Justin Timberlake's one from previous year as much as a lot of people did and I thought Beyoncé's 2016 performance of "Formation" was the sly and timely political commentary this country needed before everything went to hell.

  • Steve Townsend