They did it. They found someone even more bland than circa-2018 Justin Timberlake. According to Variety, the NFL has settled on a Halftime Show performer for next year’s Super Bowl, and that performer is Maroon 5.
Maroon 5 have been steadily and cranking out hits since 2002, so they’ll have no shortage of material to perform. Their fame has been bumped up, for the past few years, because of frontman Adam Levine’s side gig as a coach on The Voice. They’ve currently got the #2 song in the country with the Cardi B collab “Girls Like You.” They’ve got recent songs with people like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Future, so there will be plenty of opportunities for surprise guest appearances. Levine was a guest on Kanye West’s “Heard ‘Em Say” many years ago, so there’s at least one great song that they could perform. Still… Maroon 5?
In Maroon 5, the NFL has managed to find a wildly inoffensive down-the middle performer who will not ruffle any feathers, and they’ve done it without digging into their rolodex of classic-rock relics. But is there anyone on the planet who is even slightly psyched about a Maroon 5 halftime show? Suddenly, Coldplay don’t look so bad.