Following Cardi B’s refusal to perform at the Superbowl half time show yesterday, Maroon 5 and Adam Levine chose to step up to the challenge. Cardi B chose to avoid the 53rd Superbowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who was ex-communicated from the NFL when he refused to stand during the “Star Spangled Banner.”
These days, Adam Levine is speaking out on what motivated him to take on the highly contentious and controversial job. When speaking with reporters from Entertainment Tonight, Levine explained that he had to think a lot about performing there with his band.
Moreover, Adam took to his Instagram page to explain to his fans his thought process for realizing it was ok to play with his band in collaboration with one of the most controversial organizations in sports.
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When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote. Some of the words that came to me in that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love. ❤️ And the list of words is… Forgive Laugh Cry Smile Share Live Endure Embrace Remember Enlighten Preserve Inspire Sweat Fight Express Give Receive Elevate Climb Unify Fortify Soften Dance Scream Dream Educate Provide Inhale Exhale Persevere Stand Kneel Overcome Love Listen
According to the singer, he took out a pen and wrote down all of the things he wanted to have spelled out during the halftime show, which is what was illuminated with the lanterns that flew over the stage.
Unfortunately, Adam’s performance was criticized due to the fact that it was a lot more like a stripping show than a musical concert. Putting the criticism aside, some of the words he wrote for the crowd included, “Forgive, Laugh, Cry, Smile, and so on and so forth.”
As it was previously reported, Cardi B, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Common, and many others in the black and hip-hop community chose to speak out against the NFL. Travis Scott, however, one of the biggest names in the hip-hop scene, chose to have his show there anyway.
Stars such as Nick Cannon had some choice words for Travis. He accused Travis of not really having the social currency in the hip-hop scene to do that sort of thing, moreover, the fact he had children with a white woman puts his legitimacy into question.
Racialized remarks aside, Travis and Kylie Jenner have said almost nothing about the controversy, and that’s fine. This is the United States of America, and artists can choose to sing wherever they want.