Who says no to the Super Bowl? These guys! Some stars have turned down the opportunity to perform during football's biggest game of the year. Among them? Rihanna, who turned down the chance to sing and dance and promote her brand at Super Bowl LIII in 2019. The superstar reportedly nixed a Halftime Show performance in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's #TakeAKnee movement. Keep reading to see other stars from the music world who've turned down the Super Bowl Halftime Show spotlight…
Another star we know who's turned down the Super Bowl? JAY-Z! The rapper confirmed that he said no via his song "Apes—" with wife Beyonce. In the song he raps, "I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you / Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too." The Source reported that Jay said no to the 2018 Halftime Show, which Justin Timberlake ended up landing.
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Rumors circulated that Cardi B was requesting a million dollars to join Maroon 5 onstage during the band's 2019 Super Bowl performance — a pairing that made sense considering she rapped on Adam Levine and company's song "Girls Like You." But according to Page Six, "There was never a firm offer to begin with for a performance." Following those rumors, it was reported that Cardi was choosing to abstain from a Halftime Show performance in order to back Colin Kaepernick's cause.
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The Super Bowl wasn't for Adele in 2017! The superstar addressed the rumors during one of her concerts, telling the audience: "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don't really — I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no."
OutKast was a potential Super Bowl Halftime Show act once. In 2015, Big Boi spilled the tea while appearing on ESPN's "The Dan LeBatard Show," sharing that they were once invited to perform their hits like "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" but Andre 3000 refused to cut down their songs, leading them to turn down the gig.
Pink was reportedly up for the Super Bowl Halftime Show slot in 2019, but we won't be hearing any of her catchy tunes on Super Bowl Sunday. Though she performed the national anthem at the 2017 Super Bowl, it appears that was plenty for the pop star.
When Maroon 5 was looking for artists to join them on stage during the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show in 2019, they reportedly approached Mary J. Blige. The singer declined, reportedly due to a scheduling conflict.
Maroon 5 and Usher? The star was reportedly another artist who was in talks to join the rock band on stage, but it's been claimed he said no because he wasn't into the idea of the performance.
Nicki Minaj was another star reportedly courted by Maroon 5 to perform alongside the band at Super Bowl LIII in 2019, but she also said no. (She's also already done the Halftime Show: She joined Madonna onstage at the Super Bowl in 2012.)
There are also rumors that Maroon 5 reached out to Lauryn Hill to join them onstage for the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, but she reportedly turned down the opportunity too.