ATLANTA -- While many people enjoyed Maroon 5’s halftime performance at the Atlanta Super Bowl, others thought something was missing.
Ever since the first reports that the band would headline the performance surfaced, people in Atlanta criticized the organizers for not booking an Atlanta artist. Especially since Atlanta is the epicenter of hip hop.
However, Maroon 5 brought in both solo rapper Travis Scott and Big Boi from the iconic duo Outkast. With the addition of Big Boi came hope that fans would witness another Outkast reunion. Fans wanted to see Andre 3000 take the stage.
So, when Big Boi’s moment came during the Super Bowl halftime performance, fans were waiting to see if their dreams would come true.
Some folks said the show should have JUST been Outkast...
Big Boi rolled onto the Super Bowl field in a classic car wearing a fur jacket while Kryptonite played.
Then, as he walked in the stage, ‘The way you move’ started playing and after his verse, Adam Levine and Sleepy Brown joined him in the chorus. They did an admirable job and Atlanta was represented.
Then, just like that. It was over. No Andre. No reunion.
The full performance can be found, here.
Outkast hasn’t performed in Atlanta since the 2016 One Musicfest where the entire Dungeon Family took the stage at Lakewood Amphitheater.
The NFL and Maroon 5 also ran into trouble picking featured guests, because artists either kept turning it down in solidarity to ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick or they were already booked for Super Bowl-related performances.
Adam Levine addressed the backlash in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Thursday, saying they took the controversy into account, but ultimately believed their fans would "feel heard." Levine said the band was "beyond proud" of the finished project and were excited to share their set with fans.