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Report: Artists keep turning down Super Bowl Halftime Show

A report claims Maroon 5 has reached out to more than a half-dozen stars to appear as featured guests, but almost all of them have passed.

We're still a month out from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, but still up in the air - who will perform at the Halftime show.

Several reports indicated Maroon 5 will be the headline for the show, though it's still not officially been announced. 

A report from Variety magazine claims the band has reached out to more than a half-dozen stars to appear as featured guests, but almost all of them have passed on it. Several of the acts Maroon 5 reportedly approached are already booked to be part of the Super Bowl week festivities. 

Rapper Cardi B is reportedly considering the offer, as is Andre 3000, from iconic Atlanta rap group Outkast. 

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There was major backlash when it was first reported Maroon 5 would headline the halftime show, with critics upset organizers didn't choose from the ripe field of Atlanta artists. The NFL Host Committee, however, has since announced a long list of music events in the days leading up to the Big Game featuring several local acts - from the Migos to the Ying Yang Twins to Ludacris. Founder of music label So So Def Jermaine Dupri will also be producing a concert series at Centennial Olympic Park.

"My goal is to give the people a 'Welcome to Atlanta' experience like no other," Dupri said. 

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This is not the first time, however, that the Super Bowl has reportedly had issues with booking acts for the Halftime show. Singer Rihanna reportedly turned down the gig out of solidarity to ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who became a lightning rod of controversy over his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. The football player claims the NFL blackballed him in response. 

Super Bowl LIII will be Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. It's the first time the Big Game will be in Atlanta since 2000.

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