Early Tuesday, Maroon 5, the NFL and Interscope Records announced their decision to make a $500,000 contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America ahead of the bands Super Bowl LIII halftime performance, however the band has chosen not to meet with reporters, canceling a scheduled news conference to discuss the band’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
— Live Nation (@LiveNation) January 17, 2019
Early Tuesday, in their complete statement to People, the NFL said, “Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event. As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday. Starting with the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show announcement, we began a cross-platform rollout of behind-the-scenes footage and content from each of the halftime performers,” the statement continued. “Instead of hosting a press conference, this social and digital media rollout will continue through Sunday across our owned and operated media assets as well as through the platforms of the artists.”
Joining Maroon 5, and frontman Adam Levine, will be former Outkast member Big Boi & Houston rapper Travis Scott.
— Maroon 5 HQ (@Maroon5HQ) January 24, 2019
There have been petitions calling for Maroon 5 to drop out of the show. The band’s keyboardist PJ Morton defended the performance, stating, “Our job as musicians is to provide a service and make people feel good, and I think that’s going to be our mission—just to have a good time and do what we do.”