Adam Levine Answers Critics Of Maroon 5 Super Bowl Halftime Show

ATLANTA — Adam Levine, lead singer for Maroon 5, took to social media Sunday night to respond to critics who said the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show was bland and too apolitical. Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott performed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII, in which the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3.

Back in the summer, Maroon 5’s selection as a halftime performer came under criticism from members of Atlanta’s music industry, who felt the show should have more of a local hip-hop theme. Then, as more local performers were added to the ceremonies, such as Atlanta’s sister duo Chloe x Halle and Gladys Knight, those performers were criticized for taking any part in the event.

Social justice advocates continue to condemn the NFL because quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last played in 2016, gained national attention for kneeling during the national anthem to protest what he called police brutality toward minorities.

After Sunday night’s performance, Levine posted this moving narrative on his Instagram account:

Fireworks shoot in the air above Mercedes-Benz stadium during halftime of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. (Logan Riely/Getty Images)

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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

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