(By: Angela McLean)
In case you missed it, there was a football game happening around the Maroon 5 concert last night.
The 53rd Super Bowl, which saw the New England Patriots come out on top for the sixth time with a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams, featured the hit-making band as its halftime show entertainers.
Following the old-time tradition of headliners having guest performers, rapper Travis Scott brought his smash “Sicko Mode” to the stage (sans Drake, instead flanked by a guitar-playing Adam Levine), while Atlanta’s own Big Boi (OutKast co-founder) gave a fresh take on “The Way You Move” (sans André 3000).
The halftime show may be the jam-out moment of the Super Bowl, but it’s certainly not the only time when music shines. Check out these five epic music moments from Super Bowl LIII.
Cardi B chooses Pepsi in star-studded commercial
Pepsi is fine, “okurrr.” The “I Like It” rapper made her Super Bowl commercial debut last night, starring alongside actor Steve Carell and Atlanta-based rapper Lil Jon in an ad for Pepsi. Watch to the end to catch Carell’s hilarious Cardi B impersonation.
Chloe x Halle delivers beautiful performance of “America The Beautiful”
Atlanta natives Chloe and Halle Bailey dominate the screen together on the hit show grown-ish. Last night they took a shot at dominating the stage and they killed it. Their stunning performance of “America The Beautiful” drew tons of praise from fans and critics alike. If you like what you hear, check out Chloe x Halle’s debut 2018 album ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at this year’s Grammys.
Gladys Knight proves she’s still got it
Grammy-winning soul singer Gladys Knight hasn’t lost her touch, which she proved after giving a powerful, classy performance of the American national anthem. Can we petition to have her perform the Super Bowl halftime show in 2020?
Maroon 5 lights up the stadium with message of love
Maroon 5 received immense backlash for their decision to perform despite ongoing controversy over the NFL’s treatment of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Using their platform to send a message, the group made it clear they only stand for “One Love.” The words were illuminated above them with drones flying during “She Will Be Loved.” As frontman Adam Levine performed the ballad in the crowd, fans also held lanterns with positive words written on them, including “enlighten,” “preserve,” and “fight.” Levine took to Instagram after the performance to describe the meaning behind the move.
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When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote. Some of the words that came to me in that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love. ❤️ And the list of words is… Forgive Laugh Cry Smile Share Live Endure Embrace Remember Enlighten Preserve Inspire Sweat Fight Express Give Receive Elevate Climb Unify Fortify Soften Dance Scream Dream Educate Provide Inhale Exhale Persevere Stand Kneel Overcome Love Listen
To their credit, the band also donated their $500,000 paycheque to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, while fellow performer Travis Scott donated $500,000 to Dream Corps in partnership with the NFL.
SpongeBob makes long-awaited cameo
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named game MVP, but perhaps the bigger star of the night was SpongeBob SquarePants. The famous walking, talking, and singing yellow sponge finally got his Super Bowl spotlight following the iconic 2001 episode “Band Geeks.” In the famous clip, Squidward leads a SpongeBob-fronted marching band through a “Bubble Bowl” performance of “Sweet Victory.” During last night’s halftime show, the song’s intro was used to transition into Travis Scott’s performance of “Sicko Mode.” It was a touching tribute to SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away last year, but would’ve been even “sweeter” if it was given its full moment of glory.