Levine told Entertainment Tonight, an outlet that was granted exclusive access to the band after the group did not participate in a traditional press conference, that he spoke to "many people" before making the decision to perform but ultimately, "listened to myself". There was huge pressure for them to not push through with it, and instead follow suit with Jay Z, Rihanna, and Cardi B's decision to boycott the Super Bowl as a show of support for National Football League player Colin Kaepernick. "We can support being against police brutality against black and brown people and be in support of being able to peacefully protest and still do our jobs".
A Change.org petition was started asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the show, and the controversy reportedly made it hard to book guest artists. However, the latter recently broke their silence. It's what it is. The reactions were, you might say, "mixed" - and the ire was directed at lead singer Adam Levine, who was copping it from all angles.
"[Adam Levine's] shirt so reminds me of one of our pillows", someone else tweeted.
"The music. The spectacle is the music".
But for those of us who tuned into the halftime show to watch it anyway, we were given a great surprise.
"We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS", reps from Nickelodeon said in a statement. He smoothly belted out "The Way You Move" - unfortunately Andre 3000 didn't emerge from below the stage with the first verse of "International Players Anthem" - and then left chanting "ATL HOE", which, incredibly, didn't get censored.
The official SpongeBob SquarePants twitter account even said thanks for being included in the show.
I would have to agree with Mark on this one. With musicians, they are powerful because of their influence, and their main weapon is their music. Reports surfaced that Rihanna and Cardi B turned down the opportunity, in a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. "I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it's all i got", in an Instagram caption in October.