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And they will be loved!
The band — with frontman Adam Levine — opened the show with a throwback from their first album, “Harder to Breathe,” as red sparklers erupted around the stadium and the crowd went wild. Next, Levine threw off his jacket revealing a black button-down with a red racing stripe and continued the nostalgia with “This Love.”
Then a brief SpongeBob SquarePants interlude introduced Travis Scott, and Levine supported “Sicko Mode” with his guitar before he took the stage to serenade the nation with “Girls Like You” with some help from Voice of Atlanta.
Next, Maroon 5 threw it back once again with “She Will Be Loved” as the crowd looked on and released paper lanterns into the sky to spell “One Love.”
Adam Levine and Travis Scott
Then the third headliner, Big Boi, rolled up in a car wearing a floor-length fur coat while rapping Outkast’s classic “I Like the Way You Move.”
Afterward, Levine melted hearts once again with his rendition of “Sugar.” For it, he ditched the button-down and showed off his tats in a tank top. During the next song, “Moves Like Jagger,” he ditched the shirt altogether.
A source first confirmed to PEOPLE in September that Maroon 5 would perform during Super Bowl LIII, but Levine remained cryptic when asked about their plans in the following months.
“I’m still formulating a lot of things,” Levine, 39, told Variety in a wide-ranging interview for their November hitmakers issue.
Hinting at their involvement, Levine also joked that “whoever is lucky enough to get the gig probably is gonna crush it ,” when Ellen DeGeneres asked him about the Super Bowl during an appearance on her show in November.
“It’s a rumor. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It’s definitely a rumor. And the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing,” he added.
This is Maroon 5’s first-ever Super Bowl performance. Last year’s featured Justin Timberlake (for the second time) while 2017 was Lady Gaga ‘s time to shine. Other big names that have taken the stage in recent years include Beyoncé , Coldplay , Katy Perry , Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz .
Last year, speculation over the band’s decision to sign on for the high-profile performance brought controversy with some fans calling for them to forego the event in support Colin Kaepernick , the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the #TakeAKnee movement to protest racial injustices.
Many fans have opted to boycott the Super Bowl and the NFL itself in support of Kaepernick, 31, and all players who have been criticized or penalized for taking a knee.
Their feelings and voices, Levine said, would not be neglected during the performance.
“They will be [heard] — that’s all I want to say because I don’t want to spoil anything,” Levine explained.