Adam Levine responds to mass criticism of Maroon 5's Super Bowl performance
There's plenty of anticipation over what teams are going to be facing off at the Super Bowl each year, but there are other announcements that get as much attention with regards to the event. Namely, who is going to be headlining the halftime show?
Each year some of the most popular musicians bring their A-game to the chosen stadium, and we've seen some spectacular performances over the years. In just the last five years we've seen The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake take to the stage - so all eyes were on this year's chosen few to see if they could match up.
However, Maroon 5 weren't exactly the most well-received band to headline, even with Outkast's Big Boi and rapper Travis Scott as guest stars. The Lost Angeles-based band played a medley of their biggest hits, but for many the performance was lacklustre and underwhelming.
Both fans and critics had a lot to say about the show, with The Guardian calling it "an utterly conventional rundown of the band's biggest hits," rating them two stars out of five. Meanwhile, The New York Times referred to the central band as likely "the third or eighth or maybe 14th choice for a headliner," while Mashable brutally called the performance "the musical equivalent of a jar of mayonnaise."
Fans on Twitter weren't exactly any nicer, either:
And they even came for frontman Adam Levine, his look, and his dancing.
Following from this mixed-to-negative response, Levine has posted his statement on the night, sharing his love for those that enjoyed the performance and thanking those who criticised them for "pushing us to do better." He shared images of lights in the crowd that had spelled out 'One Love', along with a caption, which read:
"When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote. Some of the words that came to me in that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight.
"We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world's biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love."
In addition this, he listed the words he had written, writing:
"And the list of words is... Forgive, Laugh, Cry, Smile, Share, Live, Endure, Embrace, Remember, Enlighten, Preserve, Inspire, Sweat, Fight, Express, Give, Receive, Elevate, Climb, Unify, Fortify, Soften, Dance, Scream, Dream, Educate, Provide, Inhale, Exhale, Persevere, Stand, Kneel, Overcome, Love, Listen."
While the band definitely didn't have the warmest reception they could have gotten from fans and critics, it looks like Levine is taking on the criticism in the most constructive way possible.