NFL blasted for ignoring Atlanta music, picking Maroon 5 for Super Bowl

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Atlanta’s music culture stands as one of the most dominant scenes in the world. With the Super Bowl taking place in Atlanta in February 2019, it appeared to be a no-brainer for the NFL to pick an Atlanta music act or a mixture of Atlanta artists to perform at halftime of the big game.

However, the NFL played it safe by choosing Maroon 5.

Many believe the choice was out of touch since Atlanta offers a wide-range of acts who could command the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show.

OutKast appeared to be the most realistic choice since they have several songs that achieved mainstream success such as “Hey Ya,” and “Ms. Jackson.” Usher, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Monica and TLC also have a multitude of pop hits that could have translated well during the big game.

On the other end of the spectrum, Atlanta’s trap music scene deserved consideration. Although trap music can be an acquired taste for some, T.I., Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Migos, and 2 Chainz have all produced enough mainstream hits to perform at the Super Bowl during a collective set.

However, PJ Morton of Maroon 5 could be the person who saves the day. A New Orleans native who attended Morehouse College, Morton is well aware of Atlanta’s contributions to music and could possibly put together a short set that features Atlanta artists. Morton has also recorded songs with Atlanta natives Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge and Monica.

Here are the reactions to Maroon 5’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance on social media:

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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