“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the source revealed. However, the singer and entrepreneur reportedly declined because of the NFL’s stance on football players kneeling during the national anthem. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick was the first to do so in August 2016 in protest of the treatment of African American people in the U.S. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said after the game.
Maroon 5 are confirmed to perform at Super Bowl LIII on February 3 in Atlanta.
In other music news, Tyler, the Creator is launching a “Golf Home” furniture line.