I’m about as interested in football as I am Maroon 5, but as an American, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid either of them entirely right now as fervor for the National Sporting Event reaches a fever pitch. According to Uproxx, custom dictates that whichever musical act has been chosen to entertain the masses during the halftime show, attends a press conference hosted by the NFL in the days leading up to the big game. But things are a bit more complicated this year, in case you haven’t noticed.
This year, 37th choice Maroon 5 (or Travis Scott and Big Boi) won’t have to sit around a big table nervously wringing their hands as Amy Schumer in a newsboy cap peppers them with questions about why they’ve chosen to participate in the Super Bowl instead of supporting Colin Kaepernick by boycotting the NFL. The NFL cancelled the press conference at the last minute. Instead, they threw some money at a charity and called it a wrap.
The NFL issued a statement saying that the press conference that was supposed to happen last night was cancelled because the halftime show is supposed to be “all about the music” instead of “all about making Adam Levine chew his fingernails down to the quick”. It reads:
— NFL345 (@NFL345) January 29, 2019
The show will do the talking? In that case, I look forward then to Maroon 5’s interpretive dance depicting the horrors of police brutality in America. Oh wait, never mind, Lady Gaga already did that (that’s what that was right? Art?). Apparently, this was a particularly cowardly move because even if they had gone on with the conference, Maroon 5 could have just sat there and ate their rice if they wanted to. They were under no obligation to actually take questions.
For context, the halftime artist always does a press conference. Prince didn't take questions, he just performed. Beyonce mic dropped with an acapella version of the Star Spangled Banner. But sure, let's shield Maroon 5 from the hard hitting questions from Entertainment Tonight. https://t.co/gnvVSw2Os0
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) January 29, 2019
As a consolation prize, the NFL, Maroon 5, and their label, Interscope Records, decided to follow in Travis’ footsteps and made a donation to $500,000, this time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. According to People, the only person in Maroon 5 who I might have a chance of picking out in a lineup (given the lineup didn’t also include late 90’s Sugar Ray, and a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf barista who winks too much), Adam Levine, issued the following statement.
“Playing the Super Bowl has been a dream of our band for a long time,” frontman Adam Levine tells PEOPLE in a statement. “We thank the NFL for the opportunity and also to them, along with Interscope Records, for making this donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will have a major impact for children across the country.”
That’s the same amount Travis donated to Dream Corps, and barely a dime of it had to come out of his own koven’s pocket. Adam might be smarter (but not smarmier) than he looks!