Maroon 5 Avoids Politics - and Entertainment - During Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 in concert. Credit PA

It kicked off with Maroon 5, purveyors of radio rock classics like "This Love", "She Will Be Loved" and "What Lovers Do" (among other love-based songs) who led the halftime performance this year.

Perhaps spurred by Scott's donation, Maroon 5 also announced this week that they would make a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in partnership with Interscope Records and the NFL. Together with Scott, the National Football League is making a $500,000 donation to Dream Corps, an organizing focused on finding solutions for social change, founded by political commentator Van Jones.

Scott, who is dating Kylie Jenner, performed his hit song "Sicko Mode" before falling backwards into the crowd.

People signed a Change.org petition to have the group perform Sweet Victory, and even Maroon 5 hinted at a Spongebob segment in a video shared on Twitter. Even though we didn't get it, there was a lot of talk about what it would look like if Maroon 5 did decide to pay tribute to "Spongebob" creator Stephen Hillenburg.

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The Super Bowl half-time show is one of the biggest events in U.S. popular culture, with previous performers including Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Beyonce. They went into "This Love" immediately after - complete with a guitar solo from frontman Adam Levine. "I am not in the right profession if I can't handle a bit of controversy".

"But like who helped Adam Levine pick out that tank top because they should be fired", one person wrote. Ultimately, he said the band "would like to move on from it and speak through the music".

Critics on social media were largely unhappy with the performance that was seen as boring and safe. For Spongebob he asked people to retweet his tweet and for Maroon 5 he asked them to like it. Spongebob won.by a landslide.

"No one thought about it more than I did", he said about making the decision.

Michael Powell, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was called before the Senate and said that the incident represented "a new low for prime time television".

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