It seemed that the Super Bowl 53 Halftime Show was struggling to find talent. In response to the criticism that surrounded the treatment of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick by the NFL, stars including Rihanna turned down the opportunity to perform on the field late last year. Now however, it has been confirmed that new talent has emerged, joining Maroon 5 for the anticipated event.
Announced via a tweet from the NFL, Travis Scott and Big Boi will act as the final pieces of the puzzle. Kicking off on February 3 in Atlanta, this could be the biggest career move for the young Scott when he takes the stage, although his decision didn’t come without heat. In a report published by Variety, Jay-Z (another strong critic of the NFL) had been in talks with the artist in late December in an attempt to discourage the rapper from performing.
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2019
Scott has featured with Migos rapper Quavo called “Huncho Jack” that references Kaepernick: “Take a knee like the ‘Niners (Kaepernick) /Join the team, don’t divide us (join them),” the lyrics say.
Despite the criticism of the league, the event could prove to be a strong platform for activism. But for now, we’ll have to wait. Stay tuned for more.