Maroon 5 have toured the world, hit No. 1 on the charts, performed with some of the biggest artists in the world, and taken home three Grammy awards, but on Sunday night, the rock band checked off a big first on their bucket list. Taking the stage for the first time as performers during Super Bowl LIII, Maroon 5 managed to honour both the hometown crowd and an animation legend, while also performing some of their biggest hits to date. And in case you didn’t realize how many hits Maroon 5 have released, their Super Bowl debut acts as a really, really catchy reminder.
Paying their respects to the host city of Atlanta, Maroon 5 opened with their 2002 hit “Harder To Breathe” before being joined by ATL rapper Big Boi. The Outkast co-founder drove a convertible through the crowd before making his way onto the stage to perform his 2003 hit “The Way You Move,” a single that still stands up today. Not stopping there, Maroon 5 were backed by local musical acts Equinox Percussion and the Voice of Atlanta gospel choir, with the choral singers threatening to steal the spotlight with their incredible performance.
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Younger viewers likely tuned in to see Travis Scott perform his hit single “Sicko Mode,” with the rapper’s high-energy performance accentuated by Maroon 5’s giant ‘M’ stage set ablaze. Even younger viewers, many of whom petitioned for this year’s halftime show to pay homage to SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, saw their request met. An animated interlude teasing the song “Sweet Victory,” which appeared during the beloved cartoon’s September 2001 episode “Band Geeks,” broke up the performance-packed show.
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Running through their incredible discography, Maroon 5, who donated their $500,000 halftime show paycheque to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, performed some of the biggest hits, including “Sugar,” “Moves Like Jagger,” and “She Will Be Loved,” with the last song featuring a stunning drone light display that spelled ‘One Love’ in the sky above the stadium. Moments after leaving the stage, Maroon 5 shared their thoughts on playing the Super Bowl and explained the inspiration behind their One Love message.
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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
Following the high energy halftime show, fans flooded social media with praise for the California band.
Y’all are rock in’ it! Adam – Hot as ever!!!
— Deplorable Jay Raber (@Jaybaby63) February 4, 2019
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Travis went from selling 90k first week with Rodeo and opening for The Weeknd and Rihanna to having Astroworld be the one of the best selling albums of 2018, Headlines his own arena tour, and performed at the Super bowl. We are watching a legend in the making. Ily @trvisXX
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And SpongeBob loved it.
So honored and humbled! Thankful for being included and for all our fellow sea creatures pic.twitter.com/F8lesQvDBz
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