Maroon 5’s Super Bowl Halftime show was pretty boring, but was it flat-out awful?

Super Bowl LIII halftime

I’ll say something nice about the Super Bowl Halftime show: it was not as bad as it COULD have been. As I watched it in my stomach-bug haze, I was like “well, it’s not really cohesive and it seems dated and weird, but it could be so much worse.” Maroon 5 was the headliner, but they got “cameos” from Travis Scott and Big Boi. Travis tried to deliver something with a somewhat strange “rock” version of “Sicko Mode,” but the Big Boi part was just kind of odd. Like, if you’re going to get a cameo from Big Boi, really blow it out and do more than just one song, “The Way You Move”? Big Boi just looked like he was there for the paycheck, or there to just guarantee that Atlanta was represented in some way. Here’s the Halftime show:

What I found somewhat startling and funny was how many OLD songs Maroon 5 performed. I had their first album, Songs About Jane, which came out in 2002!! They did “Harder to Breathe,” “This Love,” AND “She Will Be Loved,” all from their first album. They also did “Girls Like You” (sans Cardi B), “Sugar” and “Moves Like Jagger.” It just felt like maybe Maroon 5 didn’t have the kind of strong discography that would have made for a really good Super Bowl jam session.

Also: why does Adam Levine get to go shirtless but Janet Jackson is still blacklisted for an accident? Shirtless Adam Levine isn’t some huge treat either – he looks like a human doodle, or Guy Pearce in Memento (a reference straight out of the era of Songs About Jane). Mostly though, it just seems like this year’s Halftime show is being criticized for being hella boring. Which…yeah, it was. *shoots flamethrower into the crowd whilst singing a cheesy love song*

Super Bowl LIII halftime

Super Bowl LIII halftime

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  1. Devon says:

    Was just awful.

    • Diana says:

      Agree a total mess all around. Found his shirtlessness boring and unnecessary.

      • jan90067 says:

        NO ONE, at the party I was at, watched half-time. We all moved between rooms, got food, talked. I do remember glancing at the tv as AL ripped off his shirt, and thinking, “UGH, GROSS” seeing all those tats. And one (male) friend asked, “Why are his nips SO red?” lol. It was pretty funny. And we all remembered about JJ’s “shunning” after her incident.

        But yeah, (after seeing clips) MOST boring HT show ever, lame songs, and blaaaaand.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      My mother texted me and said “so who sings all their songs on the radio since it’s clearly not Adam Levine”. It wasn’t just boring it was BAD.

    • SarahLee says:

      The worst thing a halftime show can be is dull, and this was dull. All boys, even though two of the songs have powerhouse female singers in them (Cardi B and Christina). I like their old stuff far more than their current pop stuff, so was glad of the song choices, at least. And if you are going to have a rapper, maybe have them rap something that doesn’t require 10 second stretches of dead air. Just a thought…

    • Alissa says:

      it was awful. the vocals were off, he apparently can’t move without looking awkward, the shirtless part was uncomfortable to say the least, and you couldn’t understand Big Boi or Travis Scott at all.

      it was awful AND boring.

      • pinetree13 says:

        I wouldn’t have minded the shirtlessness but then he did this weird sort of lap dancy move but didn’t commit, almost like he got nervous, and so just did these really small/awkward movements and it gave me second hand embarrassment.

        Also if you’re gonna brag “you have the move likes jagger” but then you don’t even do any moves…I mean what?!

      • phlyfiremama says:

        Agreed. It was an incoherent mess, boring as all get out, and just all around the LAMEST half time show ever.

  2. Brunswickstoval says:

    I will never understand the huge appeal of Maroon 5. They are so average. I would struggle to name a song with a gun pointed at my head.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Me neither. I don’t hate them but I really don’t get the appeal. And watching Adam “I’m too sexy” Levine slowly strip was so dumb! He was wearing 4 freaking layers when the performance started, which you know was done just so he could remove one every 3 minutes or so. Honestly, I found it funny, which I’m sure wasn’t the intention.

      • Brunswickstoval says:

        I’ve always wondered if Moves like Jagger was ironic because he’s the opposite of everything Jagger was back in the day.

      • Becks1 says:

        yeah, I don’t dislike them (Songs about Jane reminds me of college, lol) but I do not get the hype. I said to my husband as we were watching – “you know some people really consider Adam Levine a sex symbol, I don’t get it” and then he took his shirt off lol.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Maroon 5 is about as exciting as vanilla pudding. They’re super generic but, like, their beats heavily influenced by other, more talented musicians will be listenable if there’s nothing else.

      The halftime show was boring: when the most exciting thing is the nod to SpongeBob, you know it was meh. And Adam Levine really should keep his shirt on, I didn’t ask to see that.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      basic white-boy “rock”…generic, non-offending (to the minivan majority crowd), pop shlock.

      dude tried SO HARD to be sexy and it was just…white bread with mayo. he should NOT try to dance either, as I was getting visions of Elaine on Seinfeld.

    • Hmm says:

      Is there a huge appeal for maroon 5 tho really? I think they’re generally liked but this backlash kind of shows there are not that loved. But I don’t think it was that bad probably because all of a sudden I remembered some of the old songs from them that I liked back in the day and of course big boi was good to hear from… could’ve definitely been better but it doesn’t deserve the backlash they’re getting.

    • Melanie says:

      It might be nostalgia, but I loved “Songs About Jane.” It came out while I was in junior high, so I remember getting up in the morning for school and seeing the music video for “She Will Be Loved” back when they used to play music videos in the early morning. Loved that whole album. But couldn’t listen to their second album or any of their other ones besides a hand full of singles. Never thought Adam Levine was sexy either.

      His vocals at the Super Bowl were TERRIBLE. Could not watch it; only listened to it from the other room. Absolutely zero energy and flat. Didn’t think anyone could top Justin Timberlake’s performance last year, but this year’s definitely did.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    Gladys Knight should have done the half-time show.

    And I’m serious about. I have long said that some of these legendary women performers would do the best halftime show. Aretha Franklin would have killed it. It’s too late for Aretha but not for a Gladys Knight or a Diana Ross. or a Darlene Love These ladies would have everyone in the stadium and at home up on their feet, singing along. They can bring on younger performers with them.

    • RBC says:

      Aretha Franklin would have been amazing! Imagine her singing “ RESPECT” ? Another good choice would be Tina Turner if she came out of retirement

    • Esmom says:

      Diana Ross actually performed at the 1996 halftime show. I don’t remember it personally but 538 had an interesting ranking article that I read yesterday. I would have loved Aretha.

    • FHMom says:

      Gladys was awesome. She sounded and looked great.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      Gladys was amazing! She would’ve done a fantastic halftime show. We had friends over to watch the game and we all couldn’t get over a) how beautiful she looked (for real, get me that dress and those shoes ASAP please) and b) how effortless her vocals were (idk if they were prerecorded or not but I was impressed either way. Her voice still sounds amazing).

    • lucy2 says:

      Gladys would have been great! I think next year they need to go for someone like her, a classic, a legend.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Agree with you and everyone above,Gladys was amazing,class act and so much talent.She just did her thing with class and elegance,I would have watched her half time show.
        I didn’t understand Adam Levine,you know,like what was he trying to do,but I never understand the half time performances because they sing such brief segments of their songs,and they try too hard to be memorable,and it rarely works.

      • Steff says:

        Gladys and Aretha are too good for the super bowl.

    • Hmm says:

      Can you imagine all the old divas from back in the day getting together to do a halftime show. That would be cool. Not many are left. Gladys Knight, Patti labelle, Anita Baker, Tina turner chaka khan, and who else? Please don’t say Bette milder or Barbara Streisand… my mom loves them and I never got the appeal. 🥴

  4. Liz version 700 says:

    Adam Levine can not sing. And that halftime show/ sad striptease was pretty awful.

    • BengalCat😻 says:

      His voice is whiny and he looks like a pissed off lab rat. Can’t stand him.

      • LT says:


        Yes! That’s it exactly! He looks like a rodent and sings like the ferret from the old Budweiser commercials.

        Not sexy.

    • Snappyfish says:

      Seriously, who tattoo’s California on their stomach? How utterly random in a “see how cool I am” fail

      • angie says:

        I read somewhere that he got $250,000 from the State of California tourism board. (But maybe that was a joke)

    • isabelle says:

      He is a punce. Looks wise and personality wise. Do’t get his appeal at all. If you want to give us a boy band, give us Backstreet Boys instead

    • Alyse says:

      Don’t think I’ve ever seen him shirtless before… those tattoos are awful! (And I like tats)

  5. BigGirl says:

    #I stand with Kap. Beige and boring!

  6. Bri W. says:

    It was bad. I got nostalgic about their Songs About Jane but other than that they could have kept their performance. I don’t know much about Travis Scott to comment and they should have had Big Boi and a bunch of ATL acts do the half time show.

  7. SM says:

    “why does Adam Levine get to go shirtless but Janet Jackson is still blacklisted for an accident” – my thoughts exactly. Well, it probably has to do something with the same argument as people rationalizing why there is nothing wrong about men pulling down their pants in front of their co-workers. It is supposed to be be funny or ok, while women need to hide they bodies if they don’t want to be accused of being seductive and provoking poor men to assault them.

    • manda says:

      ok, wait, that wasn’t an accident. She was wearing pasties. That was planned and it went south when people didn’t approve and justin timberlake left janet hanging out to dry. that was such complete BS

    • otaku fairy says:

      +1. Glad to see that being called out. He won’t even be expected to apologize for stripping down like this. Anyone who’s indifferent about this had better be indifferent a day, week, month, or year from now when someone who isn’t male, white, or both does the same on a magazine, in an instagram, or in a music video.

    • Nanny to the rescue says:

      It’s because women’s breasts are associated with sexual maturity while male upper body part isn’t. The same way men can show their junk in your example but under no circumstance an erected penis.

      It should be noted that men showing their flaccid penis is some sort of dudebro behaviour (plus men are obsessed with size), so they do it among themselves, but them showing their junk to women has been frowned upon for decades too.

      We have weird arbitrary rules.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    It was very bad- totally disjointed and weird, but I guess that’s what happens when you can only get a couple random performers? Adam running around shirtless seemed skeevey to me, and there weren’t any cool visuals or anything.
    Apparently being boring and terrible was the theme of the night though! That game was awful.

    • Alissa says:

      right?! I’m a Patriots fan (I know, but I live in New England 🤷), and the game, the commercials, and the halftime show were all super boring.

      • noway says:

        I agree with the game and halftime show, but I think some of the commercials were good and love me some Gladys Knight.

    • holly hobby says:

      I think that was the worst game I ever watched and I’ve been watching for well over 30 years. It’s like both teams are deliberately not breaking out because they don’t want to win and get treated to Wendy’s and Burger King at the White House (plus meet orange yam in chief).

      • lucy2 says:

        That was my favorite thing of the evening, seeing people saying “both teams are playing like the prize is hamberders at the WH”.

  9. Maddie23 says:

    Most disappointing. Made me miss some of the better performances of years past.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, right? This will probably go down as one of the worst, unless they continue to struggle to find performers.

    • holly hobby says:

      No one can beat Prince singing in the rain. Seriously.

      • JennyJenny says:

        I actually attended that rainy Super Bowl in Miami where Prince performed.
        I still get goosebumps thinking of that electrifying performance he put on in the driving rain storm.

        He was the GOAT in Super Bowl performances !

  10. Flounder says:

    The worst

  11. mia girl says:

    The Puppy Bowl halftime show with Purr-oon 5 was far superior. Adam Feline was great performing “Meows like Jagger.”

  12. grabbyhands says:

    I love how many people were mad that there wasn’t more SpongeBob involved in the show and also that the producers dangled that appearance for weeks apparently because even they seemed to understand that they had a boring show on their hands.

    Also, sleeves aside-Adam Levine’s ink looks like he was going for a role in a movie in which he plays an ex-con, but no one involved did any kind of research so they figured this is what one would look like and what kind of tattoos they would have and then they did a bad job applying them.

  13. RBC says:

    A part of me was hoping Mick Jagger would do a cameo during “Moves like Jagger”. Now that would be fun to watch.
    The censors must have been busy bleeping out most of Travis Scott’s performance.

  14. Lila says:

    It was AWFUL TERRIBLE UNEVENTFUL. I mean, his voice was ridiculously flat, his moves were tragic. Big Boi saved it for about a minute, but then it went back to being mediocre at best.

  15. Elena says:

    A tribute to SpongeBob? Am I missing something?

    Someone said Adam tried to fist bump Big Boi and got denied, did this happen?

    • Amy Tennant says:

      There was a Spongebob clip at the beginning.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Sponge Bob square pants singing Sweet Victory 😂 My daughter perked up when she saw that clip!If I had a dollar for every Sponge Bob cartoon I watched from about 2005 through 2015…
        Didn’t expect THAT to be the highlight of the entire night!

    • Erinn says:

      “A tribute to SpongeBob? Am I missing something?”

      The creator of Spongebob, Stephen Hillenburg died recently. He’d been diagnosed with ALS in 2017. They used a clip from an episode that parodied a band getting ready to play the super bowl half time show – so it was actually quite a nice gesture.

  16. Canadiangirl says:


  17. OSTONE says:

    It was boring. But I liked Big Boi’s cameo and wish it would have been an OutKast reunion! I’m from Atlanta though so I’m totally bias.

  18. Gigi La Moore says:

    I thought it was ok.

  19. Amy Tennant says:

    I went on YouTube just to watch Big Boi’s part. Now I would have been there for a full-on OutKast reunion, maybe. I can’t muster up enough interest yet to watch the whole halftime show.

    I kind of want one of those ATLiens jackets.

  20. OriginalLala says:

    didn’t watch it, but who is the jerk in the giant fur coat? disgusting.

    • BaeBae says:

      He’s a rap legend known as Big Boi of the group Outkast…

    • Brunswickstoval says:

      How do you know it’s real?

      • OriginalLala says:

        it’s real – he’s been called out by tons of people for wearing it and people asking if it’s reply, which is telling.

    • Jane'sWastedTalent says:


      If you get a chance, read this:

      • OriginalLala says:

        I’ve read it Jane. It’s a great read. But I’m very anti-fur, and I’m not white. I volunteer with a sanctuary that rescues farmed and fur-bearing animals so I see the destruction, abuse and torture first hand. No animal should go through what they are forced to endure for fashion.

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      PETA psychos have been all over Big Boi’s social media. Same coat he wore on the cover of Speakerboxxx. I’d like to know how many chicken wings were consumed in the city of ATL yesterday.

      • wildflower says:

        ? Chickens are raised as food, mink and other fur animals are raised then tortured for someone’s vanity. I don’t understand your comparison nor do I see hypocrisy. Fur is gross.

      • OriginalLala says:

        It’s not “psycho” to point out that anally electrocuting an animal to stun them and then skinning them alive for someone’s coat is disgusting.

      • Stacy Dresden says:

        The meat industrial complex is cruel, disgusting and harmful. Sure, I see what you’re saying about food and clothing not being exactly apples to apples, but they are both unnecessary consumption. And for the record the flooding of Big Boi’s social media by the PETA psychos was utter troll behavior and I fully support people who protest the use of fur to speak out. It was done in a ridiculous manner.

      • wildflower says:

        Ok, but why are they the “PETA psychos” for calling someone out and holding him responsible for his choice? We agree on meat and fur, Stacy. To be fair, I haven’t seen Big Boi’s twitter, but did see the “Who Wore It Better” side by side of him with the fox and don’t have a problem with it at all. I do think sometimes PETA can be very heavy handed and I avoid their videos because they upset me tremendously (which is why I am vegan), but some people really don’t see the “harm” in fur and don’t see how diabolical the fur industry is and maybe that is what they need to see to make them get it? Those videos aren’t for you or me, we get that animals suffer horribly so someone can prance around in the pelt of an animal without even thinking of the indescribable pain a little creature went through. Those are the people who need to be shaken up. Again, didn’t see his twitter, but can imagine. If you make a choice to prance around in fur, why shouldn’t you be schooled, though? I just don’t think, “Ugh, excuse me, Mr. Big Boi…did you know the coat you’re wearing came from animals who suffered?” would have the same impact as being more aggressive and there are lives at stake, so f*** being polite.
        @OriginalLala saw your post above about your volunteer work with these animals and bless you for that and thanks on their behalf!

  21. Nev says:

    Shows how dynamic other performers are. And taking off his shirt was lame and unfair to Janet. I guess kids watching don’t mind half naked men. It’s not threatening. Ugh

    Janet. Queen.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Exactly. I guess people don’t live in fear of a male entertainer teaching young boys that it’s okay to say no to modesty cul- oops, I mean, turning our young menz into sl*rez, so there isn’t this demand that white male artists be ‘good role models 4 young boys’ by covering up and keeping sexuality out of their content. #MalePrivilegeIsWhen

  22. HeyThere! says:

    I enjoyed it. Was it epic, nope, but the game sucked so bad that this seemed to at least make me look at the tv. LOL I was so bored watching the game I kept accidentally getting up and doing other things, then being like crap the game is on?! my little toddlers loved dancing to ‘I love the way you move’!

  23. Deedee says:

    My expectations were really low, because it was Maroon 5, but it was worse than I thought it would be. Adam came out flat and pretty much stayed that way.

    • LadyT says:

      That’s what I thought. I expected it to build to something big and energizing. The two other performers appeared and disappeared in no time then Adam took off his shirt as the big finish. Started flat and stayed that way. Lame.

  24. Feebee says:

    Adam Levine has got as much charisma as cardboard and obviously gets a lot of help from being in studio if that’s what his voice really sounds like.

    The show flatlined. Much like the game. What a forgettable event all round.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Yes! Every time I hear Adam sing I can not believe he is a judge on the Voice. He should not be judging anyone’s singing voice seriously.

      • lucy2 says:

        Especially given the caliber of some of the other judges they’ve had. Blake isn’t great either, but Alicia, Kelly, Jennifer, Christina, are all top vocalists. I only watch now that Kelly is on, and I’m looking forward to John Legend, but Adam and Blake are just blah.

        Still better than JLo being a vocal judge though, LOL.

  25. Brunswickstoval says:

    I just forced myself to watch the whole thing as I’d only watched small parts. It bugs me that they get beige white performers like Maroon 5 and Katy Perry (last year?) then get interesting fabulous performers like Big Boi and missy Elliott to give them credibility but only as small parts. I just wanted Big Boi to stay and Adam Levine to be gone. His voice is awful.

  26. Sg says:

    I thought it was awful. I found it actually hard to watch and was fully laughing (not in a good way) at times. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be fired.

  27. Shannon says:

    I loved the halftime show. I’m a chronic insomniac and it put me to sleep very quickly.

  28. Pansy says:

    So I’ve said this from the get-go: SO many amazing musicians are from Atlanta. Why Maroon 5?? Thank goodness for Big Boi, but what about Andre 3000, Ludacris, Childish Gambino, Migos, Usher, the list could go on and on…..or even go the country route with Luke Bryan or Zac Brown (I’m sure there are more, I’m not a country fan).
    I’m originally a Georgia girl so I’m biased, but that would be like having the Super Bowl in Memphis or Detroit and ignoring the musical history there.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      I’m with you completely. It’s possible many would not have done it if approached out of solidarity with protesters. The NFL wouldn’t be brave enough to approach Childish Gambino I bet, knowing he would probably make a political statement (which I would support, just to be clear), but he would have made an amazing halftime performance.

      I thought I heard at one point Migos was going to be involved. I guess that fell through? I didn’t watch the game.

    • Alissa says:

      they tried to get a ton of different artists and they all refused so they could support Kapernick.

    • Oliviajoy1995 says:

      I think a lot of performers turned down the Super Bowl half time show because of Colin Kaepernick. I can’t see Migos or Ludacris agreeing to play if they were asked.

    • noway says:

      I thought that too, as Gladys Knight performed and got a bit of flack. Honestly, though it was her hometown. She’s in her 70’s, give me a break I’d perform too. How many opportunities do you get for that kind of thing? Plus it’s not like not performing is going to help with the cause. I mean no one asks the players not to play. I think they should have gone the country route. It would have been different, and probably could have gotten someone too. Instead we all get the human version of milk toast. Just blah, not great, not bad but blah.

  29. LadyT says:

    He looked like a living Ed Hardy T-shirt at the end. Kind of Jon Gosselin embarrassing, only permanent.

  30. thaisajs says:

    Maroon 5 was boring, Adam Levine doesn’t have the voice for such a large venue and it was weird to have Travis Scott there because half of his performance was bleeped out.

    A friend posted Prince’s old halftime show last night on Facebook and it was just such a stark reminder of what happens when you invite a true artist to perform that gig.

  31. Jen says:

    Big Boi WAS only there to represent Atlanta. They shoehorned him in after people were rightfully disappointed Maroon 5 took the job when music is such a part of ATL. They should’ve let him do the whole thing because Maroon 5 definitely was flat out awful.

  32. Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

    Maroon 5 performs “Moves Like Jagger”.
    Adam Levine omits the word “Jagger” from the song.
    He rips off his shirt and fails to strut. He does not have the moves like Jagger.

  33. Amy Tennant says:

    I just read that Maroon 5 donated their whole fee to a children’s charity. I still don’t care for their music, but that’s something nice.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m glad they did that, but I wonder if they would had there not been so much blowback on them for taking the job to begin with.

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      I love that. I don’t like their music (to put it mildly) but that is a wonderful thing to do.

  34. Winnie Cooper's Mom says:

    I was expecting more from Maroon 5, which I guess was dumb. I saw them live in 2013 and they really had the performance factor. I don’t know if it’s that they are tired or burned out, but the halftime show was shockingly underwhelming compared to what I remembered of them. Also, I don’t find it out right offensive that he took his shirt off, but it was really unnecessary and made him look trashy IMO. And the rappers need to perform clean versions so there isn’t constant bleeping out… no one can enjoy a song when practically the whole thing has to be sensored.

  35. Kk2 says:

    I was at a party so can’t say I watched whole thing intently but I did see most of it. Adam Levine is not sexy and I don’t understand the appeal at all. I despise “she will be loved” so I am never excited to hear that. Big boi was fine for the 60 sec he was there- definer the best song of the show. I missed Travis Scott’s performance entirely. I guess overall it was Blah, as expected and I guess appropriate for the very boring game

  36. Murphy says:

    Most performers usually belt out their songs at the SuperBowl….but he didn’t even sound at least as good as he did in the studio recordings.

  37. isabelle says:

    Laughing at how the NFL just showered MLK with praise last night, tryin to clean up their image with the safe MLK who even the Republicans love right!!!

    When Levine removed his shirt there was audible groan at our party and then followed by even the women laughing. What was he thinking? He must be removed from reality if he thinks that was appealing in any form.
    I have never like Adam Levine and last night others got to see his pompous as* display his tiny little head, his soft voice, and his bad tatted body like he was trying to be a broke down Freddy Mercury. Did I say I hate Adam Levine as a Musician?

  38. Redgrl says:

    Not a fan of Maroon5 and do not find him remotely attractive. Isn’t he the dude whose dad owned a ritzy clothing store in LA and through his dad’s contacts got a recording deal? Like the nepotism models in the other post, isn’t he just a manufactured nepotism “singer”? And he needs to leave his clothes on – yuk. Not sexy. Not at all.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes his family owned that fancy clothing store that was advertised in all the magazines for a hot minute. I’ve forgotten the name but I used to read about it everywhere.

      I always knew he couldn’t sing live. I actually own their cd live performance in Amsterdam and some parts were seriously out of tune and pitchy (Adam). If he sung like that on American Idol, they’d kick him out. Totally a nepotism hire!

  39. Spicecake38 says:

    I don’t hate Maroon 5 ,like others have said above,their first album was my favorite,except for She will be loved,that song was always so whiny.I don’t think Adam Levine is so bad,but his vocals don’t meet the standard for Super Bowl half time,he sings in falsetto and that is not the way to command a performance-they needed someone who could belt it out,and he was flat.
    I also think he’s better looking with age,but his features are very impish IMO,and then the stripping was hard to watch,he’s nice and slim/in good shape,but never have I ever wanted to see him shirtless,painful to watch.😬

  40. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Adam Levine sure thinks Adam Levine is hot. Blech. Can’t stand that guy.

  41. Barcelona says:

    Big Boi had the best performance, but way too short.
    That real fur coat was so DISGUSTING, cheap and tacky looking.
    I truly dislike real fur, but someone wearing it in Alaska or Yukon in frigid temperatures is a bit different than a fashion statement.
    Adam Levine can’t sing or move and he does look like a human doodle.
    Please keep your shirt on, it’s not sexy, sorry.
    Travis Scott was awful too.

    • wildflower says:

      Someone is very frigid temperatures would be kept warmer in a jacket with synthetic filling like thermolite or primaloft, though. Fur is always tacky, awful and wearing it shows that you don’t care that a living creature suffered for your vanity. Not attacking you personally, Barcelona, as you said you don’t like fur, but it isn’t even utilitarian anymore, just icky.

      • Barcelona says:

        I agree with you wildflower and I’m brutally honest here saying that I wish I could ban all fur.
        But at the same time I still have a bit more understanding about wearing fur in Alaska or Yukon than on a stage during the Super Bowl halftime show, which is for vanity and fashion only.
        Even though you are completely right, there are many warmer options out there than fur.
        This is 2019 and not 1819 after all.

  42. Case says:

    It was horrendous. Boring, forgettable, and a generally bad performance, too. Adam Levine seems to think a lot of himself. He’s not sexy, he’s not a good singer, and I don’t understand the appeal of Maroon 5.

    I think the Halftime Show is perfect for older rock acts. OR, older bands mixed with younger artists for a wider appeal. I remember thinking Aerosmith playing with NSYNC and Britney Spears was such a cool mix.

  43. holly hobby says:

    That half time show was painful to watch. I did enjoy the older material but not so much the out of tune singing. I also think the shirtless route was unnecessary. My kids were startled to see it and one of them asked me who drew on that man?

    Gladys should have just came back out and sang her oldies. I would have enjoyed that more.

    I caught Daryl Hall’s In Daryl’s House performances on YouTube over the weekend. They should have hired him!

  44. Andrea says:

    I thought Adam Levine’s vocals were terrible and I was struck by what a boring performer he is. He barely moved, other than motioning with his hands. It wasn’t compelling at all. I do like some Maroon 5 songs but I don’t think they have enough energy live to command that kind of a stage. Coldplay was more captivating…and that’s saying something. And I found it offensive that they gave Big Boi such a short cameo. Why not have OutKast reunite and do the whole set? Now that would have been a SHOW.

  45. Usedtobe says:

    First year in many I didn’t watch the Superbowl and lemme tell ya, it doesn’t sound like I missed anything at all in either the game or the half time show.
    I don’t hate Maroon 5 but I am not a huge fan either. Adam Levine has always and always will grate on my last nerve. Period. He thinks he’s God’s gift to women and the world in general and I do not for one second get it?!?! One of my closest friends absolutely loves him. And she has good taste! Her husband is a nice looking man as were her previous boyfriends. WTF she thinks is so special about Levine I will never understand.

  46. Chloeee says:

    Saw Maroon5 at LAX once. The arrogance seeps out of Adam Levine’s pores

  47. Pandy says:

    It was a shit show, frankly. I couldn’t believe how many slow/middle tempo songs they did! Not a way to pump up a crowd. He should have kept his shirt on. I was really hoping that someone would have had the balls to take a knee, but …. nope. Game was a bore, so was the half time. Travis Scott brought a bit of energy to his 45 seconds … I think Big Boi was lipsyncing as I never really saw his jaw move and he kept the mic plastered to his face so it was difficult to tell. Embarrassing all round.

  48. kim says:

    i still say they should have hired a dj instead of a band…

  49. Xtrology says:

    I was making a salad and waiting for half time to start. Then it was over!

  50. maxine ducamp says:

    Best comment that I saw on twitter: “Proof that tattoos do not equal personality”

  51. Ashby says:

    Sorry, but to me, Adam Levine seems so cheesy. Big Boi had the best, but incredibly short performance. I really hate that fur, why is that a fashion statement?????????????????????????

  52. phlyfiremama says:

    It was PAINFULLY awful.

  53. Michelle says:

    Although I thought the halftime how was boring and I am not the biggest Maroon 5 fan out there, but honestly, who are you gonna get that 1. Is willing to do it 2. Is talented enough to do it 3. Doesn’t have every other word a swear word so folks at home don’t have to cover their kids ears 4. Have enough hits that can cover a half time show? 5. Have songs that will pump up a crowd? I’m all for Gladys Knight, but anyone younger than 40 probably won’t know what songs she sings. Granted most folks over the age of 40 probably didn’t know who Travis Scott was! Has Bon Jovi been asked? KISS? Calvin Harris and have all the people he has done songs with make cameos. Drake? Cher? Flo Rida? Kool and the Gang? P!nk? Who can you come up with???

  54. sammich says:

    The best part was when Maroon 5 tried to appear woke by bringing the gospel singers on stage with them for 4.3 seconds. Oh, you’re totally forgiven for standing for nothing, guys!

  55. Amelie says:

    The Superbowl viewing party I went to switched it to Halftime Heat (wrestling) so we wouldn’t have to watch Adam Levine. I enjoy watching wrestling just as much as I enjoy watching football but I will admit those guys are super acrobatic and it’s impressive how they can smash on the floor, do flips, and what not and get up one second later. I have not watched Maroon 5’s show but I think they were panned just as much as Coldplay. Have there ever been any good male bands headlining the Superbowl?

    • Jayna says:

      U2. They are a stadium band, one of the best of all time. Their performance was exactly what America needed still reeling from 9/11.

      In a venue that size, you need songs that can reach out all over that stadium if you are a rock band. I agree with an earlier poster. There were too many mid-tempo songs by Maroon 5. It was a forgettable performance.

  56. Debra Horn says:

    At the Half-time Show…no one had the moves like Jagger.

  57. jay says:

    Adam Levine turned it up to Maximum Cringe and ripped the knob off.