Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl 53 halftime show Sunday night but won’t be taking part in any news conferences beforehand.
The band has declined to meet with reporters this week to discuss their upcoming performance, the NFL announced Tuesday.
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The NFL noted “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”
In the past, Super Bowl halftime performers including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry have held press conferences ahead of the event. Instead, the league said it would use media platforms to show behind-the-scenes footage and content of the halftime performers, including rapper Travis Scott and Atlanta native Big Boi, rather than hold a press conference with the performers.
Maroon 5 has come under fire in recent weeks, after the band became the first to accept the halftime slot after several artists, reportedly including Rihanna, turned down the opportunity in protest of the NFL’s treatment of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his protests of racial and social injustice.
The Patriots and Rams will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET.