Atlanta, GA – Maroon 5 made a big announcement over the weekend regarding the band’s Super Bowl LIII halftime performance. On Sunday (January 13), the pop group shared an Instagram video revealing Outkast luminary Big Boi has joined the lineup.
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019
Daddy Fat Sax will perform alongside both Maroon 5 and Travis Scott at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 5.
Scott’s participation yielded a healthy dose of pushback from those boycotting the NFL for its treatment of former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick. JAY-Z reportedly tried to talk Scott out of participating, while Meek Mill took his concerns to Twitter.
Big Boi’s involvement has already elicited similar results. But, it looks like the ATLien is looking forward to being able to represent for his hometown. He posted Maroon 5’s video as well with the caption, “#SBLIII ATL let’s get it!”
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 13, 2019
According to a 2015 interview with ESPN’s The Dan LeBatard Show, Outkast once turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl. Big Boi revealed it was ultimately André 3000 who decided against it.
“We were supposed to perform at the Super Bowl,” Big Boi said. “But we had two songs, ‘The Way You Move’ and ‘Hey Ya’ and Dre didn’t want to split the songs up. He didn’t want to cut the songs. He wanted to do both songs. They was like, ‘Y’all can’t do it.'”
Maroon 5, Scott and Big Boi follow in the footsteps of Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Madonna who have all previously performed during the famed halftime show.
Twitter is lighting up with reactions to the announcement. Some fans wish organizers would just ditch Maroon 5 for Outkast, while others are upset Big Boi signed on at all.
Check out some of the reactions below.
Maroon 5… travis…. big boi pic.twitter.com/BzL7mxwksf
— Kay (@KaylarWill) January 13, 2019
Will there be think pieces regarding Big Boi performing at the Superbowl?
— TJ (@RKO1814) January 13, 2019
Big Boi is playing the superbowl?????????? pic.twitter.com/Gk4rm1TPvs
— Urklegrü (@briana_ariel) January 13, 2019
— charcoal cowboy (@Ionwantahandle) January 13, 2019
Why Big Boi???
I’m so glad Andre 3000 didn’t do this nonsense that @BigBoi is doing by coon’ing for this Super Bowl halftime show in being Maroon 5’s understudy.
He’s too great to do that nonsense #SuperBowl
— TheBestTweetsBK (@TripleFor) January 13, 2019
Honestly they should get rid of Maroon 5 and make Big Boi the main act for the Superbowl. Bring out Andre 3000 for that matter and let's get the reunion started. Nobody wants to hear washed up dusty Maroon 5 anyway. Travis Scott can ad lib or something idk pic.twitter.com/5hiSE8ChV1
— Merriam ?? (@awebster1337) January 13, 2019
So is Big Boi cancelled too cause he perform at the SuperBowl ? ?
— Trade PJ Tucker (@MilkDudLoc) January 13, 2019
Maroon5, Travis Scott and Big Boi at the Super Bowl…hmm. I better see a Kapernick salute too. Just saying #superbowl
— meliqueasoflate (@meliqueasoflate) January 13, 2019
— B. (@18_blessing) January 13, 2019
The Superbowl in Atlanta… they should have just reunited OutKast. #justsayin
— Nestor Montelongo (@NesDaMon) January 13, 2019
Travis Scott & Big Boi preforming at halftime of the SuperBowl. Everybody done supporting Kap missing out on a check. Lol
— That Nigga Tim Tim ! (@448_JR) January 13, 2019