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The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest gigs an artist can get in the world, and an honor few of even the highest profile musicians get to participate in. The show has seen its fair share of big acts and iconic performances over the years, and it's being reported that the NFL has possibly locked in its choice for Super Bowl LIII. News is circulating that The Voice coach Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 will take the stage and headline the big performance.
The rumored decision isn't all that surprising, as Maroon 5 ticks the boxes of being well-known and having a lasting relevance that would make their performance fun for multiple age ranges. The band first emerged onto the scene with a little help from John Mayer, who was friends with the band's lead guitarist James Valentine. Mayer really enjoyed the band's album Songs About Jane, and took Maroon 5 on his 2003 tour. Soon after, their hit single "Harder To Breathe" would take off on the charts and other songs like "This Love," "She Will Be Loved," and "Sunday Morning" became hits as well.
That was just the start of what has been a very successful career, as Maroon 5 has released several popular albums and singles to radio since then. The band's latest album, "Red Pill Blues," features quite a few hit songs that include artists like Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B, which again tick off the Super Bowl halftime performance checklist of having additional successful artists be a part of the performance. It's by no means a requirement, and plenty of artists have done their performances all on their own, but with three of Maroon 5's latest singles charting high on the Billboard charts, all featuring guest artists, it seems like something they might consider.
The news has yet to be confirmed by the band or the NFL but Variety and several other sources are going ahead and confirming that they're the halftime performers for Super Bowl LIII. Once again, the news sounds legitimate, as, perhaps above all else, Maroon 5 also feels like a safe choice that most folks can agree on. That more or less means the booking isn't politically controversial and the long-running group isn't the type to make waves with a controversial "wardrobe malfunction" or middle finger to the camera. The band did make some waves in 2007 with their single "Makes Me Wonder," which Adam Levine later revealed to be a subtle criticism of the United States involvement in the Iraq war, but the band is basically free of any incidents that have caused mass outrage among the public.
Super Bowl LIII is scheduled to air on CBS Sunday, February 3. Keep up with what's happening in television well before that by heading over to our fall premiere guide.