Travis Scott Required NFL to Make Charitable Contribution in Super Bowl Halftime Deal
A source close to the negotiations confirmed that the musician insisted the league make a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice in order for him to move forward with the event.
Travis Scott has signed on to perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl LIII — but only after the NFL agreed to join him in donating to a cause for social justice, Billboard has learned.
The "Sicko Mode" star was confirmed as a special guest set to join Maroon 5 for the halftime show back in December. A source close to the negotiations has now confirmed to Billboard 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 — which is set to take place Sunday, Feb. 3, at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium — 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 its treatment of quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick.
Several artists have reportedly turned down halftime show offers to demonstrate their support for Kaepernick, including Rihanna, Jay-Z and Cardi B, whose collaboration with Maroon 5, "Girls Like You," currently sits at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Maroon 5 were confirmed to play the Super Bowl halftime show in September.
A version of this article originally appeared on Billboard.com.