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Maroon 5 performs during the Super Bowl without reference to controversy

The American pop band Maroon 5 Sunday in Atlanta at the 53rd Super Bowl, the halftime show, provided without any reference to the controversy surrounding the performance of the band during the event. Frontman Adam Levine led the group, without deviating from the script, through the many hits like “This Love”, “Moves Like Jagger”, but also “Sugar” and “She Will Be Loved.”.

The participation of Maroon 5, a mainly white band, in Atlanta, one of the capitals of the black music, made for protest, also in a lot of other artists. There circulated a petition that the group asked to see the invitation to save, out of respect for the American football player Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick kneeled as a player of San Francisco 49ers in 2016 for the first time during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality against black Americans. That protest, he repeated since then every match. The action was also following other players. It gave Kaepernick a lot of criticism on, among others, of the American president Donald Trump, the player of a lack of patriotism accused. Since the beginning of 2017 is Kaepernick without work. He has the American football bond NFL sued because that is him on a black list, would have put.

Fontman Levine, however, refused to give in to the pressure and said the criticisms have expected, but the music for themselves to want to speak. The music events during the rest of the Super Bowl counts as a hugely prestigious and kluistert usually about 100 million viewers to the tube.

Rapper Cardi B, which together with Maroon 5 is heard in the song “Girls Like You”, refused to say by way of support to Kaepernick for the band on stage to accompany them. A gospel choir for her.

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