Super Bowl 2019 Halftime Show: Travis Scott Agreed to Perform Only After NFL Donated to Social Injustice Charity

The acts for the halftime show of Super Bowl LIII have finally been officially announced, but it appears the NFL had to work hard to convince some of them to perform.

On Sunday, the league confirmed Maroon 5 will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, backed by Travis Scott and Big Boi.

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Scott reportedly only agreed to join the show after the NFL committed to donate funds to a charitable organization. According to Billboard, the 26-year-old and the league donated $500,000 to The Dream Corps.

Founded by CNN contributor Van Jones, the organization describes itself as a "social enterprise and incubator," which supports a host of causes across various sectors, from education and technology to environmental protection.

One of the organization's projects, #cut50, is supported by the likes of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Hollywood A-listers Jesse Williams and Ed Norton.

"I know being an artist that it's in my power to inspire," Scott was quoted as saying by Billboard. "So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation."

The Grammy-nominated artist will join Maroon 5 in the halftime show, after a host of other stars opted to turn down the opportunity to perform in what is the most-watched TV event in the U.S. each year.

In October, comedian Amy Schumer urged artists to reject offers to perform next month in Atlanta over the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick and other players who supported the former San Francisco 49er's kneeling protests against social injustice.

In the same month, Us Weekly and Rolling Stone both reported Rihanna had refused to perform in Atlanta because of her support for Kaepernick, who has since filed a grievance against the 32 NFL owners for colluding to keep him out of the league. Entertainment Tonight reported that Pink had also joined the list of artists who turned down advances from the NFL.

As a result of bands and singers dropping out, the saga surrounding the choice of Maroon 5 as the headline act has dragged on for months.

In September, Variety first broke the news the band would be performing in Atlanta, a report which was subsequently confirmed by The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Billboard.

However, official confirmation was far from forthcoming. Maroon 5's frontman Adam Levine declined to confirm whether the band had agreed to the gig, telling The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November than the rumor was simply speculation.

Two weeks later, Levine told Variety he was "still formulating a lot of things," while a petition calling for the band to drop out of the event was launched in the same month and has received almost 85,000 signatures at the time of writing.

The two teams to contest Super Bowl LIII will be decided on Sunday, when the New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, before the New England Patriots travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

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U.S. rapper Travis Scott performs onstage at the ACL Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin on October 7, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images
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