There are a selection of phrases you would use to explain Maroon 5’s halftime present efficiency: Empty. Boring. Primary. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Pointless.
And people who got here to assist save the day didn’t do their jobs: In case you blinked you’d have missed that Travis Scott and Large Boi carried out. Even the gospel choir singer was a battle — clearly they let the improper one sing lead Sunday.
Adam Levine and associates kicked off the efficiency as fireworks burst from a stage designed just like the letter “M,” which ought to have stood for “magic,” as a result of they wanted some.
It began off on the fitting observe, really. “Tougher to Breathe,” the band’s superb debut rock tune, was rousing as hearth blasts shot from the edges of the stage. Levine grabbed his guitar for “This Love,” whereas different bandmates additionally strummed away.
It was all going effectively till a joke was uttered: “A real musical genius who wants no introduction.”
That’s when Scott rocketed to the stage. He tried to rap — most of it was bleeped out — in a circle of fireside, however his inclusion felt extra like an interruption. Scott carried out his No. 1 hit, “Sickomode,” and Levine awkwardly danced beside him, which seemed nearly as unhealthy as Katy Perry dancing subsequent to Missy Elliott at Tremendous Bowl 49.
However there was one Scott spotlight: He fell backward into the viewers and pale away.
The remainder of the efficiency went downhill like Scott’s physique did. Maroon 5 carried out the very horrible hit “Women Like You,” making the already unhealthy tune sound worse by mixing in a gospel choir, led by a singer whose voice would make you stroll out of church (sorry, lady).
Every transition through the halftime present didn’t really feel easy, and Large Boi showing on high of a automobile in a thick mink coat added to the bizarreness of the evening.
When he carried out “The Approach You Transfer,” it simply made you marvel what Andre 3000 was doing in the mean time. Watching? Sleeping? Most likely sleeping whereas watching.
You in all probability had related ideas when Scott was onstage and Drake’s vocals performed at first of “Sickomode” — wishing the present had an actual celebrity like Drizzy to provide an epic efficiency.
These ideas lingered once more when Levine sang “Strikes Like Jagger.” WHERE IS MICK JAGGER RIGHT NOW AND CAN HE PERFORM? Any of the Stones would do, really.
Who in all probability ought to have headlined the halftime present? Gladys Knight.
She scored a landing together with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”: The legend’s voice shined brightly as she hit all the fitting notes forward of the large sport between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle had been additionally in top-notch type: They harmonized like a veteran lady group as they sang “America the Stunning” on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The group, nominated for 2 Grammys at subsequent week’s present together with finest new artist, are signed to Beyonce’s Parkwood Leisure.
Noise and controversy surrounded this yr’s Tremendous Bowl since some have boycotted the NFL over therapy of Colin Kaepernick, the previous quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling through the nationwide anthem. Some performers declined participation within the Tremendous Bowl in consequence.