After months of controversy, Maroon 5 finally took their “M”-shaped stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show, featuring special guests Travis Scott and Big Boi, treating the football watching audience to some of their biggest hits.
The band kicked things off with a dedication to their late manager Jordan Feldstien, with Adam Levine heard saying "This one is for you Jordy." They then broke into “Harder to Breathe,” followed by “This Love,” which featured frontman Adam Levine on guitar. An animated break, featuring a snippet of SpongeBob SquarePants , was followed by Travis Scott, who performed a censored version of “Sicko Mode,” with Levine dancing along. Apparently, some fans were a bit upset that SpongeBob's cameo was so short.
Next up a drum line took the stage before Maroon 5 broke into their number one hit “Girls Like You,” without Cardi B , but with a choir, who had a singer with a voice that certainly stole the show. Adam then jumped into the audience to slow things down with “She Will Be Loved” as lighted drones flew up into the sky and spelled out “One Love.”
Then it was time for Atlanta’s Big Boi who drove onto the field in a big car, wearing a big fur coat, to break into “Kryptonite,” mixed with “The Way You Move.”
Maroon 5 then took back the spotlight for hits “Sugar,” and “Moves Like Jagger,” which got screams only because Levine took off his shirt and awkwardly flirted with the audience.
Following the performance Maroon 5 took to Instagram to share a message with fans. "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," the post began. "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." Check it out to the right.
As for that SpongeBob SquarePants cameo, it was there because fans started a Change.org asking that the show's song "Sweet Victory" be played to honor series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November from ALS. Maroon 5 had actually teased on social media that the song would be included. Still, some folks were a little upset the cameo wasn't a bit longer.
Here's some reaction from twitter: