Self-inflicted by the NFL.
Via Daily Mail:
The NFL is scrambling find artists to guest perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show this year, which critics say has become music’s least wanted gig.
With less than two months to go for Super Bowl LIII on February 3, the NFL is yet to officially announce an artist for the show that will be watched by more than 100 million people nationwide.
Maroon 5 fronted by Adam Levine will reportedly headline the show, although the NFL has not officially announced it.
However, the band is struggling to find acts to go on stage with them because ‘no one wants to be associated with the NFL’ thanks to the league’s controversy with Colin Kaepernick and his ‘take a knee’ protest against police brutality.
The NFL reportedly first offered the headline gig to Rihanna, who declined it because she supports Kaepernick.
‘The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next’ year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance,’ a source said to US Weekly.
Rebuffed by Rihanna, the NFL extended the offer to Maroon 5.
According to the magazine, the band is ‘having a lot of trouble finding guests’ and ‘no one wants to associate themselves with the NFL’ as a result of tense feud with Kaepernick.
Maroon 5 tried to get Cardi B, who raps on their track Girls Like You, to join the performance. A source said ‘as of today she’s not’.
‘She’s been going back and forth, but it’s a no right now,’ the source said.
The band has reached out to half a dozen artists for the featured guest slot, but none have agreed to do it, according to Variety.