This follows an early report from Us Weekly, where a source told the publication the "offer has been extended and they've pretty much accepted". Mars has co-headlined the show twice in recent years, as has Beyoncé, while Justin Timberlake has appeared three times, most notoriously in 2004 when he had a literal hand in Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction".
The big game will be played at Atlanta, Georgia's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019.
"It's a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show", the NFL's statement said. Maroon 5 fits that bill perfectly: A record 13 of its songs have reached No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Instead, Maroon 5 will perform at halftime, according to a report in Variety.
Also, seriously, who listens to Maroon 5 voluntarily? Who knows, perhaps Cardi B will join them for a guest appearance to perform the summer smash hit "I Like It, ".
Maroon 5 continues the NFL's recent shift away from the classic rock acts that headlined numerous Super Bowls of the early aughts.
They're able to adapt their sound to bring in other artists and genres on a regular basis. They've teamed with Kendrick Lamar on "Don't Wanna Know", and with SZA on "What Lovers Do". "Moves Like Jagger" shook things up in 2011.
Considering Atlanta's rich music history, many people were baffled by the selection of Maroon 5.