Travis Scott signed to perform at the Super Bowl LIII half-time show – but only after the NFL agreed to join him to donate to a cause of social justice, Display panel has learned.
The star of "Sicko Mode" has been confirmed as a special guest Maroon 5 for the halftime show in December. A source close to the negotiations has now confirmed Display panel Scott asked the NFL to make a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice in order to move the event forward.
Scott donated $ 500,000 in partnership with the NFL to a "Social Justice Accelerator" Dream body, an organization founded by Van Jones in 2014, will work with the NFL on additional initiatives.
"I support all those who defend their beliefs," Scott said in a statement. "I know it's an artist I can inspire, so before confirming the half-time Super Bowl performance, I made sure to work with the NFL on this important gift." I'm proud to support Dream Corps and its work that will hopefully inspire and promote change. "
The news of Scott's involvement in the half-time show – to be held on Sunday, February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta – was first criticized. Michael B. Jordan, Reverend Al Sharpton and others have expressed disapproval of Scott's choice to team up with the NFL after dealing with quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick.
Several artists would have refuse half-time show offers to demonstrate their support for Kaepernick, including Rihanna, JAY-Z and Cardi B, whose collaboration with Maroon 5, "Girls love you" currently sits at No. 7 in the Billboard Hot 100 standings.
Maroon 5 have been confirmed to play the Super Bowl half-time show September.
Updated with Scott's statement.