Travis Scott and Big Boi are set to perform with Maroon 5 at
Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
Jay-Z turned down the Super Bowl in protest of the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Rihanna followed suit and declined to appear. After the announcement of Scott appearing, Meek Mill joined Jay-Z trying to convince Scott to back out of the performance.
Scott released a statement on why he choose to perform at the Super Bowl.
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”
Scott donated $500,000 in partnership with the NFL to Dream Corps, a “social justice accelerator” founded by Van Jones in 2014. Additionally, he will work with the NFL on other initiatives.