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In recent months, numerous high-profile artists — including Rihanna, Adele, Jay-Z, Pink and Cardi B — have reportedly turned down this year’s halftime slot in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The controversy around Kaepernick began when the then-San Francisco 49ers QB started kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of racial inequality in the U.S. He hasn’t played professionally since March 2017, and filed a grievance against the league and its owners last fall for conspiring to not hire him.
Just before Sunday’s official lineup announcement, Billboard confirmed that Scott required the NFL to make a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice in order for him to move forward with the event.
News of Scott’s involvement with the halftime show was initially met with some criticism. Michael B. Jordan, Rev. Al Sharpton and others voiced their disapproval of Scott’s choice to team with the NFL after their treatment of Kaepernick.
Maroon 5 were confirmed in September to play the Super Bowl halftime show.
Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
A version of this article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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