Jay-Z’s Roc Nation signed a deal last week to advise the NFL on its live music productions and social justice issues. This was immediately contentious, and unconfirmed reports that Jay-Z will become the owner of an NFL franchise have only intensified the debate. More »
There’s always a lot of speculation about musical performers at the Super Bowl, but this year, for the first time I can remember, there’s also a shitstorm of controversy. After the NFL effectively blackballed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — every NFL team, even those that sorely needed a half-decent quarterback, refused to … More »
Last month, word leaked out that Travis Scott would join Maroon 5 at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. That news has recently been confirmed, and it’s led many, including public figures like Meek Mill and the Rev. Al Sharpton, to criticize Scott. After every NFL team refused to sign the former San … More »
It’s official: Travis Scott will be in “Super Bowl” Mode for Super Bowl LIII. After flirting with the possibility of a Travis Scott guest performance for several months, Super Bowl halftime show organizers have now confirmed that the Astroworld album-maker will appear alongside previously announced halftime headliner, Maroon 5. Fellow rapper Big Boi is also slated to join Scott and Maroon 5.
Scott’s Super Bowl booking comes after philanthropic collaboration between Scott and the NFL, who will collectively donate $500,000 to “social justice accelerator,” Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that followed formal announcement of his entertainment confirmation. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change,” Scott added.
A source close to the “Sicko Mode” artist told Billboard that Scott’s participation in the halftime show was contingent upon the NFL’s agreement to contribute a donation to Dream Corps. Many artists rejected the NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 halftime show bids, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Adele, and Cardi B, each of whom reportedly rejected the entertainment offer to show solidarity to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Storied and dedicated in his efforts to to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition, JAY-Z supposedly attempted to dissuade Scott from accepting a halftime slot at Super Bowl 2019 prior to Scott’s confirmation.
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Jay-Z is reportedly trying to persuade Travis Scott to withdraw from 2019’s Super Bowl halftime show, where Scott is to appear alongside Maroon 5 as a special guest. Maroon 5 secured the entertaining bid for event, hosted at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3. Both Jay-Z and Rihanna refused offers to play the halftime show, to show “solidarity” to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Jay-Z has sought to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition and notably dedicated a song to Kaepernick during his 2017 performance at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. Prior to his appearance at the New York festival, Jay-Z attended the Trayvon Martin Peace Walk in Miami in February 2018. The rapper additionally announced his support of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to improve police-community relations in 2015.
Jay-Z is now said to be actively “attempting to talk Scott out of performing” at the Super Bowl. Both of the Carters were spotted at Scott’s December 19 show in Los Angeles. Jay-Z, however, is not the sole hip-hop artist voicing opposition to Scott’s Super Bowl guest slot — Meek Mill took to Twitter on December 20, writing that Scott “don’t need that [the halftime billing] he on fire already!” Meek urged Travis to “stay strong in this sh*t.”
He don’t need that he on fire already! Stay strong in this shit!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 20, 2018
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Rihanna is reportedly the latest artist to turn down an offer to perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show in support of former star quarterback turned-civil rights champion Colin Kaepernick. According to a source, the NFL badly wanted the Barbadian hitmaker to perform at next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. The singer declined to perform as a show of support for Kaepernick’s stance on the ongoing national anthem kneeling controversy. Taking Rihanna’s place will be radio rock kings Maroon 5.
The Super Bowl has been the place of some of the most legendary musical performances from icons including Michael Jackson, U2, and Prince. Rihanna now joins JAY-Z as the second artist in as many years to deny a chance to perform at the big game, which is well known to send catalogue streams and sales skyrocketing. Football in America has grown more politically and socially charged than ever before, and it’s reasonable to assume the music world will see more hardline stances about the once-coveted halftime spot.
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Back in 2016, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. Other NFL players followed and Kaepernick became the face of this controversial protest, leading to his banishment from the NFL this year. Some people — including Big & Rich’s John Rich … More »
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