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Although it hasn’t officially been announced, it’s being widely reported that Maroon 5 will likely be headlining the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta, and the Internet isn’t happy.
Originally reported by Variety, other news sources including Billboard and CNN are all but confirming the rumors the pop-rockers will be the featured act. However, news outlets are reporting many are upset that an Atlanta-based act wasn’t chosen – particularly because of the city’s rich musical history and tradition.
Dissonant voices echoed across social media about the decision. Even rap icon and Atlanta native Ludacris weighed in, asking simply “Excuse me, say what?” in an Instagram post of a photo of himself wearing an Atlanta Falcons Jersey.
The NFL has released a statement on the rumors, but kept things vague. As per the CNN article:
“It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show,” the statement reads. “We are continuing to work with (longtime sponsor) Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”
Well-known parody Facebook page, City of Atlanta GA, which most recently made headlines when its announcement the city was planning to implode Stone Mountain went viral, announced officials are working with the NFL to reverse the decision. “Our preferred choice is Migos,” the post read.