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7 Super Bowl LIII Performers Who Are Not Maroon 5

Travis Scott, Tim McGraw and Chloe x Halle are among the other acts taking center stage on Super Bowl Sunday

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January 30, 2019

More than 100 million people worldwide watch the Super Bowl Halftime Show every year, usually attracting more viewers than the actual big game itself and making it a lucrative promotional gig for the headliners and guests whose sales and streams always spike immediately after their performances. Maroon 5, the headliner for Super Bowl LIII, will likely experience this post-game bump barring any major performance flubs. 

 

Seven-member band Maroon 5 won't be Super Bowl Sunday's only musical entertainment, with four pre-kickoff performances to warm up the crowd for the televised tailgate, "America The Beautiful" and the national anthem. And like many recent halftime shows, Maroon 5's roughly 12-minute set will be peppered with confirmed guests and a surprise guest or two (we make one prediction at the end of this list). 

1. Aloe Blacc

"I didn't know I was looooooooooooooost! I didn't know." You've definitely heard Aloe Blacc's voice on Avicii's six-time platinum hit "Wake Me Up," which Blacc co-wrote and also later released his own solo version (above). You'll hear the Grammy-nominated singer again during Sunday's televised NFL Tailgate Party on CBS, where he'll be joined by Atlanta gospel group David Walker & High Praise for the performance.

2. Tim McGraw

Country behemoth Tim McGraw will serve as the headliner for CBS's pregame show, Super Bowl Today, tackling his new single "Thought About You" (above) and other hits he's delivered since his career started in 1992. We're hoping he pulls his Nelly-assisted "Over and Over" and the inspirational "Live Like You Were Dying" out of his bag of hits. 

3. Chloe x Halle

Sibling duo Chloe x Halle, often dubbed as Beyoncé's protégés, will sing "America The Beautiful" before kickoff. They previously performed the National Anthem at the 2017 NFL Draft (above). Chloe x Halle will now join an impressive list of performers who have sung "America The Beautiful" during a Super Bowl, including Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Faith Hill, Leslie Odom Jr. and Queen Latifah.

4. Gladys Knight

Empress of Soul Gladys Knight has earned the coveted honor of belting the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to more than 100 million viewers tuning into this year's big game. The Atlanta native is following in the recent footsteps of Pink, Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renee Fleming, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson. Other memorable Super Bowl national anthems of yesteryears include Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Jewel, Harry Connick Jr. and Cher.

5. Big Boi

Assisting Maroon 5 during the halftime show will be hip-hop legend (and resident ATLien) Big Boi, who won Album of the Year at the 2004 Grammy Awards as part of Outkast for his and André 3000's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Though the halftime show setlist is traditionally kept secret until showtime, Big Boi likely will perform part of his 2017 collab with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine (above) in addition to snippets of a solo song (maybe "All Night") and Outkast hits (maybe "Ms. Jackson," "Roses" and "Hey Ya!"). 

6. Travis Scott

Travis Scott, fresh off a massively successful 2018 which saw his Astroworld album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and his "Sicko Mode" single (above) reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, will also get major airtime as a special guest during Maroon 5's halftime show. If he brings any amusement park tricks from his recent high-flying tour, which ONE37pm contributor Kenny Cousins proclaimed was one of the best tours of 2018, then the halftime show will be a visual feast, potentially with a roller coaster or carousel. Anticipate a quick medley, similar to Missy Elliott's guest spot during Katy Perry's halftime show in 2015, of songs from his Grammy-nominated Astroworld.  

7. Christina Aguilera

It's a sure bet Maroon 5 will perform the 2011 chart-topping hit "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera (above) at some point during the halftime show. So don't be surprised if X-Tina makes a surprise, unannounced appearance for this portion. Levine and Aguilera have become closer friends, partly because of both being coaches on The Voice, since the song's release eight years ago. And coincidentally, X-Tina just announced a Las Vegas residency. The timing seems ripe for her to pop up on the field to belt her "Moves Like Jagger" parts. "Take me by the tongue!" 

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