ATLANTA — News that Maroon 5 may perform the halftime show at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta sparked immediate social outrage from many who believe that an Atlanta artist or group should be chosen. Atlanta is arguably the birthplace of the modern hip-hop movement, with artists such as Ludacris, OutKast, Usher, T.I. and Future calling the city home. The late rapper Shawty Lo, who was killed in a violent car crash several years ago, put the city’s Bankhead community on the map as a focal point of hip-hop.
Besides rap, Atlanta has also produced rock and R&B acts such as the Indigo Girls, Sevendust and the Black Crowes, and has a thriving indie rock scene.
That history is what has many fans seething over social media following Wednesday’s Variety report that Maroon 5, from Los Angeles, will perform the halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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In a statement to Deadline, the NFL said, “It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”
“Makes Me Wonder”, released in 2007, became Maroon 5’s first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.The band released its fourth album, Overexposed, with the single “One More Night”,topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks.
What do you think? Should the NFL choose an Atlanta-based musical act to perform at Super Bowl 53 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
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LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 07: (L-R) Keyboardist PJ Morton, singer Adam Levine and guitarist James Valentine of Maroon 5 perform during a keynote address at the 2013 International CES at The Venetian on January 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 8-11 and is expected to feature 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)