Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who is also a host on the NBC musical reality show The Voice, had remained tight-lipped on the rumours of a halftime gig in interviews before the news became official.
It was announced Sunday that the Grammy-nominated artist will take center stage with Atlanta native Big Boi in Atlanta on February 3. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback set off controversy in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against black Americans.
Thousands signed petition urging the three-time Grammy award victor Maroon 5 to not perform this year in solidarity with Kaepernick.
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The announcement, which was also shared by CBS Sports, the network broadcasting the event, comes after rumours began circulating late previous year that Maroon 5 would take the stage.
Kaepernick recently posted to Twitter a poll published by Bleacher Report saying that 95 percent of National Football League players surveyed agreed the 31-year-old belonged back in the NFL. "I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change".
This is the first time the three-time Grammy-winning pop band has gotten the plum gig, joining other big time artists including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Who, Katy Perry (who could forget Left Shark?) and Tom Petty.
"We are thrilled to hear about this announcement and excited to partner with Travis Scott to close prison doors and open doors of opportunities for all", the tweet read. Maroon 5's appearance will follow Justin Timberlake's unexceptional performance last year and Lady Gaga's standout showcase the year before that.