Maroon 5 deliver a very vanilla Super Bowl halftime show

Let me be the first to say that I love a little bit of Maroon 5.

I’ll confidently tell you that I know all the lyrics to every track off Songs About Jane and “Moves Like Jagger” was my personal anthem circa 2010 – how could it not be that intro was so goddam catchy it still haunts me to this day.

But I digress. After last year’s incredibly bland performance from Justin Timberlake you’d think that the NFL would try at least inject a bit of colour and life into their halftime situation ala Gaga.

Enter Maroon 5. Uh oh.

Now, all the controversy leading up to their performance aside, I do think that they handled themselves incredibly well under all the pressure – even after the current hip hop queen herself, Cardi B, rejected their collaboration offer.

That didn’t stop Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi making an appearance though. The set’s high point came during “Girls Like You” where Levine was aided by quite a sweet gospel choir and chorus of drummer dudes.

Hell, even Spongebob and Squidward made an appearance. Not as cool as Left Shark though.

Still, I can’t help but feel that, under the weight of the support that Colin Kaepernick has received from the entertainment industry, this was never going to be Maroon 5’s night (or any artist’s night) and that’s a pity but that’s an issue that can only be fixed by the NFL.