SUPER BOWL: Maroon 5 lacked flair for the dramatic at halftime show

Carla Harmon
February 7, 2019

The halftime show lineup was extensive: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi, a potential guest appearance by SpongeBob Squarepants and any special guests as yet unannounced.

Here are a few of the other hilarious tweets about Spongebob stealing the show from Maroon 5: 'How could they tease us with Spongebob's Sweet Victory and not give it to us.

Lead vocalist of Maroon 5 Adam Levine performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 3, 2019.

The arrival of SpongeBob heralded the appearance of Travis Scott, who busted out his now-classic "Sicko Mode", which some have noted is the Bohemian Rhapsody of our times.

Honestly, the better question is probably: When is the Maroon 5 frontman not shirtless?

The petition was originally created to have the popular Sweet Victory song from the TV show performed during the Super Bowl halftime show. During a desperate rendition of "She Will Be Loved", lantern drones (by Intel) rose above the stage to spell the vaguely inspirational phrase "One Love", like a needlessly expensive memorial to a career caught in the crossfire of #activism. Needless to say, fans weren't impressed that they didn't get to hear the track Sweet Victory during the show.

Artists like Rihanna and Cardi B reportedly turned down the gig in support of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. "I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it's all i got", in an Instagram caption in October.

Travis Scott at half-time.

Kaepernick sparked a wave of protests by kneeling during the American national anthem to raise awareness of police brutality and racial inequality.

All of the above distress and disappointment seemed to come to the fore during last night's Superbowl halftime performance.

"I hoped that this was going to be good, guess I was wrong #PepsiHalftime #SpongeBob", tweeted @joshuagrau8. It was a complete mess on so many levels: the performances were too boring, they didn't take any risks, and they played it too safe.

In conjunction with Interscope Records and the NFL, Maroon 5 donated $500,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, while Scott (also working with the NFL) will make a donation to Dream Corps, a social justice organization founded by CNN's Van Jones.

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