The National Football League (NFL) and sponsor Pepsi theoretically have a massive local candidate pool to draw from when selecting performers for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, which will play out at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3. But if the anonymous sources who spoke to Variety magazine yesterday (September 19) are correct, they somehow selected pop-rock band Maroon 5 to headline the internationally broadcasted concert. Sources also told Billboard that Bronx MC Cardi B and Houston rapper Travis Scott will join the Los Angeles-based band. 

“It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show,” an unnamed NFL representative told Variety. ”We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”

The lack of formal confirmation failed to comfort critics like Atlanta’s own Waka Flocka Flame or the many Twitter users who believe a game being played in a major Black cultural and economic center should reflect its homegrown Black musical legacy:


Assuming that they would even want to be associated with a league that punishes players for protesting police violence, here are 10 Atlantan superstars who would be a much better choice:

Ciara

Migos

Outkast

Xscape

Future

Childish Gambino

Keri Hilson

Usher

T.I.

TLC (But no Left Eye hologram, please.)