Maroon 5 cancels Super Bowl Interval press conference



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Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 20:24 EST

ATLANTA – Maroon 5 canceled its press conference to discuss the team's performance at the Super Bowl break, preferring not to meet with reporters, as most of the acts have done.

The NFL announced Tuesday that "the artists will let their show talk as they prepare to take the stage on Sunday."

Maroon 5 with lead singer Adam Levine will be joined by former Outkast Big Boi member and rapper Travis Scott of Houston during the break between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots. The NFL says that instead of a press conference with the artists, it will use media platforms to show scenes and content behind the scenes.

While Maroon 5 did not give a reason for its decision, it comes as some artists have said that social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl.

This led to some criticism from artists who are holding events in Atlanta. Jermaine Dupri said he was called "exhausted" by hosting a Super Bowl-related event during a meeting with people who lost family members as a result of police brutality. After the meeting, Dupri and the victims' family members reached a compromise and the music mogul plans to give mothers a platform to speak on stage during the Super Bowl Live event in Atlanta.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick helped kick off a wave of protests by kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness of police brutality, racial inequality, and other social issues.

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