Tag Archives: Halftime

Jermaine Dupri Denies Doing SB Halftime Show … ‘No Means No’

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Jermaine Dupri says super producer Jazze Pha is WRONG — he never signed on to participate in the Super Bowl halftime show … but it has nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick

Pha is a producing legend in ATL and he’s super plugged in — so, when he told us Dupri was involved in the show, it sounded legit. 

But, Dupri says Pha’s just wrong — and when we started questioning Jermaine he told us point blank, “You think I’m saying no because it’s a secret? No means no.”

Dupri says he’s not boycotting the NFL over Kaepernick — he says the NFL simply never called when they were putting the show together and he REFUSES to be considered an afterthought. 

“It should have been a decision that they made at the beginning. I’m not something that you call later on in life.”

So, Dupri is out — but Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi from Outkast and Gladys Knight are all in to perform on Feb. 3. 

As we previously reported, some huge stars like Common have called for the performers to back out over the way the league has treated Kaepernick, but that’s just not happening at this point. 

Nelly Super Bowl Halftime Outrage Is Stupid … ‘I’d Probably Do It’

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If you watch the NFL on Sundays … but you’re pissed off about Travis Scott doing the Super Bowl halftime show, you’re a hypocrite, period. 

… so says rap legend Nelly

“I don’t see the big deal on people upset about who’s performing at halftime,” the St. Louis legend told us at LAX. 

“Because what people have to understand … if you’re really against the NFL, the halftime show is not what you should be concerned about.”

“If you’re watching the NFL … if you’re supporting your team … that’s how [the owners] get paid. They don’t get paid through the halftime show.”

We asked if Colin Kaepernick had a point in his criticism of Travis Scott … Nelly kept it real. 

“I wouldn’t say that he has a point in the sense of … I mean he has his own reasons but again … if you watch the NFL every Sunday, you support your team, that’s how they make their money.”

“If you’re trying to make a stand against the NFL, you should probably not watch it on Sunday or you should not go to the games … the halftime show is irrelevant.”

When asked if he would consider doing the SB Halftime show if he was asked, Nelly responded — “Probably.”

Super Bowl Halftime Show Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri Involved … Says Jazze Pha

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Two more huge names are helping out with the Super Bowl 53 halftime show — Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri — this according to mega-producer Jazze Pha

Pha is a producing legend who’s from ATL and is one of the most plugged-in people in town — and when we saw him at LAX, he told us he had just come back from halftime show rehearsals. 

The big bombshell here … Pha strongly suggests Lil Jon and J.D. are now a part of the show — but he wasn’t specific about what their roles will be. 

“I think Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri and everybody gonna make it hot,” Pha says … “They gonna make it live. Maybe I let the cat outta the bag, I don’t know!”

The issue … there are huge stars calling for African-Americans to boycott the show — including Common, who says the NFL doesn’t support black people

In fact, Common said he wishes Travis Scott would pull out from the show over the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick.

Now, with two gigantic hip-hop legends seemingly signing on — ya gotta wonder what the reaction will be. 

Either way, Jazze says he was super impressed with what he saw at rehearsals and expects the show to blow people’s minds! 

We’ll see! 

Super Bowl LIII Maroon 5 Confirms … Trav & Big Boi in for Halftime Show

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It’s official … Maroon 5 are headlining Super Bowl LIII, and they’ll be joined by the likes of Travis Scott and Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi

The band announced the news Sunday with a promo video which lists themselves, Trav and Big Boi as performers for the halftime show. The NFL confirmed on their end, saying M5 will take center stage and TS and BB will be featured as guest artists. 

We broke the story … Travis signed on to perform for Super Bowl 53 late last month, despite tons of backlash from the African-American community. 

The Big Boi announcement didn’t come as a total surprise. We knew organizers were scrambling to snag either him or Cardi B. Looks like they went with a homegrown artist for the big game that’ll be played in ATL this year.

Stoked is an understatement.

Kentucky Governor Rips Weezy Over Halftime Show … ‘Tired, Has-Been’

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The Governor of Kentucky HATES Lil Wayne — and seemed disgusted someone would book the rapper to perform with Imagine Dragons at the college football National Championship game. 

Weezy joined the rock band during the halftime show of the Clemson vs. Alabama game and performed 2 songs — first, he did “Uproar” followed by a rap verse in the Imagine Dragons hit “Believer.”

Most people LOVED the “Believer” verse … but not Gov. Matt Bevin, who went to social media to vent about how much he hated the performance. 

“Way to ruin an entertaining @Imaginedragons half-time concert with the weird rantings of a tired, has-been like @LilTunechi,” Bevin said.

“One act still rising…The other, not so much.”

Damn, Gov! 

Some Weezy supporters have fired back at Bevin on Twitter, saying things like … 

“Well if there’s anyone who knows weird, tired rantings when they see ’em, it’s you.”

And … “Imagine me draggin’ deez nutz across yo face.”

Good times. 

The biggest critique of Wayne’s performance was his outfit — jackets on jackets on jackets … with a striped scarf, floppy hat and big Elton John sunglasses. 

So far, no response from Wayne. 

DC Young Fly Sorry, Travis … I Still Got Problems with Super Bowl Halftime Show

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DC Young Fly says he’s down with Maroon 5 and Travis Scott performing at halftime of the Super Bowl … but he still feels the NFL made a huge mistake by passing over Atlanta rappers.

The ‘Wild ‘N Out’ star isn’t going full Jay-Z — trying to talk Travis out of performing — but he supports Colin Kaepernick and thinks the NFL is slapping ATL in the face by snubbing its hip-hop scene … and he warns a TON of people are gonna raise hell when the big game comes to town.

We broke the story … the “SICKO MODE” rapper will join M5 at the big show. Travis’ new gig is drawing praise and scorn.

DC makes it clear his beef is not with Travis … he suggests two music icons should join the show and ease tensions in Hotlanta. Hint: think gospel.  

Karrueche Tran To Travis Scott … Don’t Do Super Bowl Halftime Show!

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Karrueche Tran says Travis Scott is making a HUGE MISTAKE by doing the Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5 … and now she’s hoping and praying he back out ASAP. 

“I just don’t think it’s a good idea,” Tran told us outside Hyde on the Sunset Strip … “I’m really hoping it’s not gonna happen.”

Seems Tran — who’s dating ex-NFL star Victor Cruz — is unhappy with the way the league is treating players like Colin Kaepernick. She also seems to be unhappy with the way the league is handling violence toward women

Amy Schumer has called for celebrities to boycott the NFL and the halftime show — and Tran clearly agrees.

When asked if the NFL can do anything to help change her mind, Tran suggested there wasn’t enough time … since the Super Bowl is only 2 months away. 

We broke the story … Scott will perform with Maroon 5 on the Feb. 3 game and officials are trying to lock down more special guests including Big Boi from Outkast and Cardi B

Travis Scott Signs On with Maroon 5 for Super Bowl … Halftime Show’s Gonna Be Sicko

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Maroon 5 has just crushed the doubters who said finding another artist for the Super Bowl Halftime Show was impossible … because TMZ has learned they locked down one of the biggest names in music … Travis Scott!!!

Travis will join M5 during the halftime show in Atlanta on February 3. It’s arguably the biggest gig in music, with historical performances over the years. 

It’s a monster move … Travis has the hottest tour going, a huge single with Drake and he’s generating big Grammy buzz.

And, if that’s not enough, we’ve learned his plus one will be the mother of his child (and possibly his wife) and one of the biggest and richest celebs on the planet … Kylie Jenner.

Our industry sources tell us Maroon 5 is also in talks with several other artists about possibly joining the show … including Cardi B and Outkast‘s Big Boi.

Travis’ addition is a big win for the NFL and hip-hop fans … you’ll recall, Waka Flocka Flame bashed the League for passing over Atlanta rappers in favor of a mainstream band. 

It’ll be interesting to see if Cardi and Big Boi strike deals to perform as well. Big Boi hails from the ATL, and his addition would be huge for the city.

Amy Schumer Claims War On Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show … Is Working!

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Amy Schumer says her call for performers to boycott the Super Bowl LIII halftime show over the mistreatment of players like Colin Kaepernick is working … saying, “No one is stepping up to perform.”

Back in October, Amy declared she wouldn’t do any Super Bowl commercials this year and strongly suggested it was all because she feels black players like Colin are being punished for trying to stand up against inequality. 

Amy had called for Maroon 5 to back out of the halftime show — and while that hasn’t happened, she clearly believes reports that the band is having a hard time finding a special guest to join them during the show because of the controversy surrounding the NFL. 

Schumer took to social media Wednesday to speak out against sports reporters who have thrown shade her way over the calls for a boycott … and also to pat herself on the back. 

“The snooty lil digs about me in stories about the Super Bowl halftime talent is such a yawn,” Schumer said. 

“All out of touch white guys annoyed by me standing up for what I believe is right.”

“I have done 2 Super Bowl commercials in the last couple years and I’m so stupid thinking my opinion would matter right? Well guess what? I may have made a difference. No one is stepping up to perform.”

“Maybe they wouldn’t have anyway. But at least I tried to help out and do what other people are too greedy or afraid to. Would you do that to stand up for people of color?

I may have made an impact. You can write about sports and even be the best at it but what have you done to help the marginalized or under represented?”

“I will continue to do everything I can. Even with all the snide little white sports writer making cutting remarks.”