SpongeBob showed up at the Super Bowl thanks to Travis Scott

SpongeBob showed up at the Super Bowl thanks to Travis Scott

Big Boi, centre, and Travis Scott, right, perform with Adam Levine and Maroon 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Adam Levine and Maroon 5, pictured here in an earlier show, took over the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.

Others questioned the move to release the nipples on live TV after a very similar incident in a previous Super Bowl was deemed unsavoury. Taking his cue from the opening number in the set ("Harder to Breathe"), he gave a performance that was both pitchy and timid - and it didn't get much better from there. Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit agains the NFL, claiming that they tried to lock him out from league after he repeatedly kneeled during pre-game playings of the USA national anthem as a protest against police brutality towards African Americans.

The Los Angeles Rams may have lost Super Bowl LII, but they weren't the only ones to suffer. Stars such as Jay Z and Rihanna reportedly turned down offers in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked controversy in 2016 with his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest the oppression of people of color in America.

#ImWithKap was trending during the day on Twitter, with celebrities such as rapper Common and Selma director Ava DuVernay among those using the hashtag.

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"I hoped that this was going to be good, guess I was wrong #PepsiHalftime #SpongeBob", tweeted @joshuagrau8. Since his protest, Kaepernick has not been able to play football professionally.

For example, there was Lady Gaga soaring across the stage in 2017, Katy Perry riding large metal lion in 2015, and who could forget Janet Jackson's infamous "Nipplegate" moment with Justin Timberlake in 2004?

Though the band has faced criticisms for its halftime performance, including the use of a gospel choir, Carter thanked Levine for the opportunity, calling him an "awesome man".

The performance by Knight, 74, was respectful but underwhelming - a bit weak at the start and certainly not the Gladys Knight of old, but also one who didn't make any huge gaffe. R&B duo Chloe x Halle sang America the handsome. Some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl as a result, so the band took a risk just being there. "We thank our fans for making our dreams possible".

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