Maroon 5 has been selected to perform the Super Bowl halftime show this January. Cue the arguments over whether Maroon 5 is a good selection – a good percentage of internet commenters would never admit anyone is a good pick, but all of them will be watching come 2019. Maroon 5 has exactly the kind of popular-but-not-edgy appeal the NFL prioritizes in this situation. At the same time, the NFL also allows the performer to bring on some additional guest stars, usually to make the proceedings more edgy. That was how we got to watch M.I.A. flip off the cameras a few years ago. Some preferred Super Bowl halftime shows would probably be M.I.A. flipping someone off, Sinead O’Connor ripping up a photograph of Roger Goodell and Janet Jackson pulling Justin Timberlake’s pants down. (Payback’s a bitch, y’all.) Absent all that, here are the musicians who are most likely to appear alongside Maroon 5, ranked from most likely to appear to least likely to get the call.
- Blake Shelton
This is NBC’s Super Bowl and the ratings for the voice indicate that you people can’t get enough of the Shelton-Adam Levine bromance, so OF COURSE Blake Shelton will perform. Hopefully they choose his biggest hit so far, “Wishin’ Boot.” (SNL fans will get that)
- Cardi B
Cardi is featured on Maroon 5’s hit single “Girls Like You” and the rapper is already in talks to join the show. There are already snags, however, because she wants to perform her own set. This could be our best shot at something untoward happening, so let’s hope the NFL signs her up.
- Jennifer Hudson
If Cardi B doesn’t appear, you can bet that NBC will focus on getting the other Voice judges in on the act. Probably that will translate to a Super Bowl appearance by J-Hud, who is on the current season of The Voice.
- Kelly Clarkson
Ditto Kelly Clarkson, although one has to wonder why Clarkson couldn’t have just headlined the dang show herself. Maroon 5 certainly sells out stadiums across the world, but Clarkson has been bigger for longer.
- Stevie Wonder
Yes, I just said Stevie Wonder. It seems to be tradition to bring on some older artists, and Maroon 5 used to claim they were big fans of Wonder. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he showed up, but Wonder might have too much of a social conscience for NBC and the NFL, who live in terror that someone will wear a Colin Kaepernick jersey or make some other gesture of solidarity with the players who are protesting police brutality.
- Christina Aguilera
At first blush, Xtina looks like a decent bet to duet with Maroon 5, since she had a hit with the band and is also a former Voice alumnus. But she is on tour throughout early 2019 and has had some less than flattering things to say about The Voice, so those factors could keep her off the dais.
- Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown performed with Maroon 5 recently so one can never rule out a repeat performance for America’s favorite supernatural fighter.
- Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae can do everything Maroon 5 does only better, and everything that every other artist can do just as well or better. What I’m saying is that she could’ve handled this Super Bowl halftime show all on her own and totally killed it. She would also show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and is probably against everything the NFL stands for, so file this under “probably will not guest star.”
- Kendrick Lamar
I’m sure Maroon 5 would love to bring the dynamic energy of Kendrick Lamar to the halftime show; I’m also sure that Lamar would scare the hell out of the geezers who run the NFL and NBC. He won a Pulitzer Prize, but he might tell too much truth for America to handle during a football game.
- Donald Glover
There are definitely a lot of people in the entertainment business who have the notion to “let Donald Glover do all of the things!” so it may be a fleeting possibility. I think the “This Is America” video would cause a total Twitter meltdown, so they’ll probably skip Glover.
- Fleetwood Mac
Not that I’m bitter or anything, but why the hell hasn’t Fleetwood Mac been tapped to play the Super Bowl halftime show? They have been one of the world’s biggest bands for the last 40+ years. In 1993, they were asked to play the pre-game show, and Stevie Nicks has also played the pregame show. Hey NFL, are you nuts? The band is preparing for their final world tour, now is the time.
You’ve now just heard my argument for why Fleetwood Mac, not Maroon 5, should be playing the show. See internet commenters, I’m just like you.
- Cee Lo Green
The first thing that comes up on google when you search “Cee Lo Green” is the question “did Cee Lo Green die?” so that just about sums up where the original Voice co-host is at right now. (Also FYI, Cee Lo is still alive). But Green managed to screw up the sweet Voice gig by getting involved with drugs and being the center of two sexual assault investigations. That was enough for the world to say Forget You to the former Gnarls Barkley singer, and there ain’t no way he’ll be performing with Maroon 5.
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