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Was Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show a flop?

Maroon 5 performed as the halftime act for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, and there are a lot of mixed feelings about the show. Fans agree Maroon 5 entertained with the band's long list of hits. But like The Atlantic put it—detractors argue Maroon 5's performance "felt designed to be forgotten." Arguably the most memorable part was when Adam Levine took his shirt off. Others simply argue Maroon 5 should have turned down the halftime show from the jump in protest of the NFL's stance against players taking a knee. Was the halftime show a flop?

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Maroon 5 was reported as the Super Bowl LIII halftime act, back in September. Check out Buzzfeed's round-up of social media reactions to the news from back then. Let's just say there were a lot of critics who argued there were better choices out there. 

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Others argued Maroon 5 should not play the Super Bowl halftime show, due to the NFL's stance against players taking a knee in protest of systemic racism in the U.S. Hence, the NFL announced that Maroon 5 would not do the traditional pre-game press conference. E! News reported:

The National Football League made the surprise announcement just five days before the musicians would take to the stage. In a press release, the league said that rather than participate in a press conference, the artists will participate in a "social and digital media rollout" in advance of the televised show. 
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Critics were upset back in September, and they are upset now. Many detractors argue Maroon 5's halftime show was just plain boring.

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And others are still not happy about the choice.

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But back in September, Andrew Unterberger argued for Billboard that Maroon 5 didn't deserve the hate, and provided five reasons why the band should perform at the Super Bowl. Below is one of the reasons:

They have more hits than you might realize. We've already covered this extensively in recent months at Billboard, but the number of smash hits that Maroon 5 have been able to amass over their decade and a half in the spotlight (at a fairly consistent rate) is nothing less than staggering. They've scored 22 top 40 hits, 14 of which have hit the top 10, and three of which -- 2006's "Makes Me Wonder," 2010's "Moves Like Jagger" and 2012's "One More Night" -- went all the way to No. 1. Throw in radio (and wedding) perennials like "She Will Be Loved," "This Love," "Payphone" and "Sugar," and the group has more than enough universally recognizable jams to fill out a 15-minute Super Bowl set.
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And fans and other celebrities agree Maroon 5 crushed whilst performing the band's many hits.

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For folks still sour about Janet Jackson's infamous "Nipplegate," Adam Levine's nipples made an appearance during the performance.

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