Maroon 5 to play in Super Bowl half-time show but fans ask band to pull out

Maroon 5, whose participation had been speculated for months, had been lobbied to pull out. An online petition, at change.org, had nearly 85,000 signatures as of Jan 13, 2019.
Maroon 5, whose participation had been speculated for months, had been lobbied to pull out. An online petition, at change.org, had nearly 85,000 signatures as of Jan 13, 2019.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM CHANGE.ORG

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Many artists reportedly turned down the chance to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl half-time show for fear of alienating their fans.

The National Football League (NFL) behind the Super Bowl has been slammed for taking action against players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest against racial injustice.

On Sunday (Jan 13), the NFL ended months of uncertainty by naming three-time Grammy Award winner Maroon 5 as the headliner for the half-time event in Atlanta on Feb 3.

Rapper Travis Scott will perform with the band while Atlanta native Big Boi will be the host.

Maroon 5, whose participation had been speculated for months, had been lobbied to pull out. An online petition, at change.org, had nearly 85,000 signatures as of Sunday night.

The petition reads in part: "Until the league changes its policy and supports players' constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL."

Scott also announced that he and the NFL were making a joint US$500,000 (S$677,000) donation to social justice group Dream Corps.

According to multiple reports, Scott told the NFL he would not perform without it first agreeing to the donation.