Is Maroon 5 playing halftime at the 2016 Super Bowl? They might. According to E!, Adam Levine’s band might be headed to the Super Bowl to play during the halftime show.
According to the outlet, Maroon 5 and Adam Levine have had many talks about performing during the halftime show. While Maroon 5 is a current front runner to perform at the Super Bowl, other names on the list include 2014 act Bruno Mars, and Coldplay, who was on last year’s short list, but lost out to Katy Perry.
Back in September, Billboard magazine reported that Bruno was going to “curate” the performance with a few other artists. We don’t know if that’s still happening, as this is still pretty early news given the timing of the Super Bowl.
Last year, there was a big issue over whether artists can buy their way into playing the Super Bowl. It was originally reported that front runners Rihanna, Coldplay, and eventually Super Bowl halftime performer Katy Perry had to pay up the big bucks in order to play at halftime.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL told each act that they should “contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution in exchange for the halftime gig.” It was said that the artists didn’t like this request. And although the NFL doesn’t pay these acts, they get paid in free publicity as the Super Bowl is one of the largest televised events of the year.
Following the report, Katy Perry came forward to state that she had no intention of paying to play at the halftime. At the time she told ESPN, ” I’m not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl.”
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Of course, Perry went on the play the Super Bowl, and it was one of the most talked about sets, thanks to a surprise guest appearance by Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz. Also, if you remember Perry’s show was completely stolen by two frisky dancers in shark costumes. The sharks who never seemed to get their act together during the routine quickly became memes and the Internet’s favorite thing for at least a month following the performance.
As for Maroon 5, there’s no word on whether or not they have accepted any type of deal from the NFL to play at halftime, so it might be a while before we find out who they’ll invite to take the stage. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if Adam got a little help from his Voice friends Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, or Christina Aguilera. That might be something worth seeing.
Fans are already pretty excited with the possibility of seeing Adam Levine and Maroon 5 hit the stage for Super Bowl 50.
— Ashley Batterbee (@AshleyBatterbee) October 22, 2015
— ✌ (@simplyJ_13) October 21, 2015
@eonline this would be a good half time show!
— Lisa Beaulac (@YoungGrandy) October 22, 2015
— Bobbi Reno (@bobbi_Reno) October 21, 2015
The other thing we can be sure of is the location of the Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in February 2016 and will air on CBS.
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