Maroon 5 headlines Super Bowl LIII halftime show

Other artists had said they were boycotting to support Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem protests, but Maroon 5 said they'd take the stage and let their music do the talking.
2:53 | 02/04/19

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Still growing. More now on the super bowl. Maroon 5 headlining the halftime show. Artists saying they were boycotting over Colin Kaepernick. Maroon 5 said they would take the stage and let their music do the talking. Back to T.J. Holmes. Reporter: You remember they criticized for agreeing to participate in the halftime show and now they're getting criticism for the show they put on. Lot of reviews ranging from bad to kind of just fine. There was at least one surprise guest they brought out. One who lives in a pineapple under the sea. The super bowl halftime show. Was steeped in controversy long before Adam Levine sang his first note. ??? Shoot for the stars ??? Reporter: With maroon 5's performance the books, the reviews are in. Even a shirtless Levine could save a sub par spectacle. ?????? Reporter: Even with an assist from popular performers like Travis Scott. ?????? Reporter: Tlaent native big BOI. And a surprising video clip from spongebob squarepants introducing Scott didn't impress. Many wondered if, and hoped the performance would include any acknowledgment of Colin Kaepernick and the NFL's handling of player protests, there wasn't one. Still this gospel choir seemed to steal the show lighting up the show with a powerful rendition of "Girl like you." Reporter: That song featured artist cardi B. Was nowhere to be shown. Displaying unity in this poignant moment, "One love." After the show maroon 5 posted this on insta stagram. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to perform on this biggest stage. As for his take on the halftime show but still had something to say, posting this tweet, during the halftime performance, featuring civil rights icon famous for his black power salute wearing an with Kap Jersey. There was a lot of talk after the performance. There was talk about that not exactly a wardrobe malfunction, Adam Levine took his shirt off, of course, lot of people remember back to Janet Jackson in 2004, they're asking about the double standard, something happened to her, her career was hurt by that. He decided to expose himself in such a way. That was something that was going back and forth immediately online. Someone who asked to perform that doesn't, you had a chance to sit down with her, cardi B. This is something that people love about her, she's awe thennic and raw. I don't think I blushed this much during an interview than this. That's a tease. Something to look forward. We'll going to move now on to jussie smollett.

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