Maroon 5's Super Bowl Worries Take New Turn

The band is asking for a side act. Interested?
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2018 5:28 PM CST
Updated Dec 17, 2018 12:43 AM CST
Maroon 5's Super Bowl Worries Take New Turn
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

With the NFL's anthem controversy still swirling, Maroon 5 has a problem: Who will perform with them at halftime? The band has approached several stars but can't get a yes. "Nobody wants to be associated with it," an insider tells Variety. Cardi B, Andre Benjamin, Mary J Blige, Usher, and Lauryn Hill were all in the mix, but none have confirmed. Maybe the fact that it's a free gig doesn't help—or "maybe there just won’t be a halftime show next year and we can all agree to take an extended bathroom break at that time like we were going to anyway," quips Vulture. (Tens of thousands are urging Maroon 5 not to do the show.)

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