The NFL took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that Maroon 5’s Super Bowl halftime press conference has been canceled.
Instead of hosting the annual conference, the NFL created a “cross-platform rollout of behind-the-scenes footage and content from each of our halftime performers.”
There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the NFL, and this year’s halftime performers have faced a lot of backlash for deciding to perform. The NFL’s statement explained that “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”
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Maroon 5’s PJ Morton addressed the controversy with the Associated Press earlier this month. “This is definitely a controversial year, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. As musician it’s the biggest stage you could ever play,” he said.
“Our job as musicians is to provide a service and make people feel good, and I think that’s going to be our mission — just to have a good time and do what we do,” he added. “I’m excited to play on that stage, man. I watched halftime shows my whole life. I want to be there.”