Other performers have either declined to participate in the halftime show because of concerns over the NFL’s treatment of kneeling protesters and Kaepernick. Rihanna allegedly turned down a performance, while Jay-Z said in a song that he wouldn’t participate. The halftime show will feature Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi.
The Grammy-nominated performer Cardi B told the Associated Press on Friday that she had “mixed feelings” about an offer to perform, eventually declining. She is appearing at a party in Atlanta in the pre-Super Bowl run-up.
“My husband (rapper Offset), he loves football,” she said. “His kids play football. It’s really hard for him. … He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something.” said Cardi B, who is nominated for five Grammys. She is competing for both album and record of the year. You have to sacrifice that. I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.”