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Cardi B I’m the Pepsi Star For Super Bowl 53!!!

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Cardi B is about to join a rarefied group of superstars, including Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Britney Spears … donning Pepsi’s red, white and blue for the company’s Super Bowl ad campaign … TMZ has learned.

Production sources tell us Cardi B is officially locked as this year’s Pepsi celeb spokesperson. We’re told the ad has already been shot and will air during SB 53.

The Pepsi spot is considered the premiere commercial during the big game, which is watched by hundreds of millions and has a long afterlife. 

Cindy Crawford did the honors last year, and her predecessors include Pink, One Direction, Madonna, Mariah Carey and The Spice Girls.

Cardi is also set to put on a show with Bruno Mars in the days leading up to The Super Bowl … the buzz is that it will be the biggest party of the weekend.   

As we reported … Cardi was in talks to join Maroon 5 during the halftime show, but negotiations fell apart.

Thing is … even though she won’t be performing on the Super Bowl stage, the Pepsi commercial is a monumental TV moment. 

Gladys Knight ‘Proud’ to Perform Nat’l Anthem … at Super Bowl

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Gladys Knight says she’s IN for the Super Bowl — she’s decided to perform the National Anthem before the big game … and it’s all for reasons bigger than football. 

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” the 74-year-old said. 

“The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.” 

Knight’s statement sounds similar to Travis Scott — who agreed to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show after the league agreed to donate $ 500k to Van Jones’ social justice organization. 

There has been backlash from some high profile people — including Common — who says the NFL doesn’t care about black people and he wishes artists would boycott the league. 

Common and others (including Jay Z) have said they’re extremely upset with the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick and they want no part of the Super Bowl. 

Meanwhile, other stars like Nelly have said it’s pointless to boycott NFL pre-game and halftime entertainment if you’re juts gonna watch the game anyway. 

As for Knight, she’s following Pink — who sang the anthem in 2018. Luke Bryan had the honors in 2017. And Lady Gaga in 2016. 

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! 

Colin Kaepernick Calls BS … Never Consulted with Travis Scott On Super Bowl

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Colin Kaepernick and his close circle of friends are strongly DENYING a report rapper Travis Scott “consulted” with the ex-NFL quarterback before agreeing to do the Super Bowl halftime show. 

The report claims Travis and Kap spoke over the phone — and while they didn’t exactly see eye to eye, there was a mutual understanding.

The report seemed to imply Kap was okay with Scott performing because the NFL and Scott agreed to donate $ 500k to a social justice organization. 

But now, Kap’s crew is calling BS — and the QB is putting his stamp of approval on the public denials. 

Kap’s friend, Ebro Darden — the famous HOT 97 radio host who works closely with Kap’s girlfriend, Nessa — tweeted, “Kap did not approve this bullshit! Get the f*ck outta here.”

Kaepernick retweeted Ebro’s statement — and Nessa also weighed in saying, “FACTS @EBRO!!! THEY NEED TO STOP LYING.”

In fact, the same day it was announced Big Boi from Outkast would also be performing at the Super Bowl, Nessa posted the urban dictionary definition of the word, “Sell out.”

She added, “If you are with them, then you are definitely not with us.”

MTV’s Julia Rose She’s One Helluva Super Bowl Snack … Big Prediction Here Too!

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MTV star Julia Rose has got you covered for all your Super Bowl cravings ahead of the big game — ’cause she’s serving up all the good stuff on one irresistible platter … herself.

The model turned reality TV star — who appeared on MTV’s “Are You the One?” — did a smokin’ hot shoot with Chris Applebaum … where she’s half covered in L.A. Rams gear, and half covered in an ice cream sundae. Weird pairing … but we ain’t complaining!

Julia’s been featured on Sports Illustrated before, so it looks like she’s getting back to her OG pastime in the modeling department. She’s also making a bold prediction here about who’ll be in the big game. 

The Rams are playing the Saints Sunday, and if they advance … they’ll play either the Chiefs or the Pats. But, in the meantime … just enjoy this awesome pre-game show.

ATL Strip Clubs Join Forces for Super Bowl Sunday … We’re All Open for Business!!!

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Finally … a story about people in this country coming together, despite their differences, to achieve a common goal AND give the economy a boost.

GOD BLESS ATLANTA STRIP CLUBS!!!

Here’s the deal — adult entertainment venues in the ATL aren’t allowed to be open on Sundays unless they also serve as restaurants. This is obviously bad news for food-free joints hoping to take advantage of thousands of extra folks in town for Super Bowl 53 … but they weren’t going to let the business opp pass without a fight.

So, several of the city’s popular strip clubs — including Blue Flame Lounge, The Cheetah and Magic City — banded together and went to City Council to ask for an exception for Super Bowl Sunday … and they got it! Somehow no one found out about the meeting and reported it.

Those in charge also agreed to let the clubs stay open an extra hour the entire week of the big game … so the lights won’t come on until 4 AM from January 28 through February 4.

As for the entertainment, Jackie — the owner of Blue Flame — says it has girls coming from Miami, L.A., NYC, Houston, Virginia and North Carolina who meet all of its requirements for the special weekend — bomb body, pretty face, smell good … and no bullet wounds.

Mr. Magic from Magic City tells us he’ll have professional pole experts in the house — the same ones who danced with Cardi B at Coachella — putting on a nude Cirque du Soleil-esque show.

BTW … all the dancers are required to have permits in Atlanta — which cost $ 350 — so the strip club exception means cha-ching for the city too.

USA! USA! USA!

Super Bowl 53 Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Human Trafficking

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Federal agencies and Atlanta authorities are on high alert to crack down on human trafficking in the wake of the Super Bowl … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us … the FBI, ICE, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Fulton County Sheriff and other local authorities will be out in force in the 10 days leading up to the big game … on the hunt for human traffickers and their victims.

The mission, we’re told, is two-fold — looking for traffickers who are bringing sex workers into ATL and traffickers who are preying on ATL residents. We’re told law enforcement believes the majority of the victims who can be recruited are minors, both girls and boys.

We’re told law enforcement will be coordinating raids and undercover stings — along with normal patrols of areas known for sex trafficking — in order to take down pimps and johns engaging in illegal activity.

Law enforcement will also enlist local media, businesses and schools to put the word out and report any suspicious activity online … part of the “See Something, Send Something” initiative. We’re told authorities will post this sign around the City. 

Super Bowl 53 Gov’t Shutdown Won’t Affect Security … Says FBI, Atlanta PD, DHS

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NFL fans planning on going to the Super Bowl in Atlanta have no reason to fear — the security there’s going to be as strong as ever … government shutdown be damned.

According to law enforcement sources … the FBI had a meeting with city and state officials Tuesday to lock down the final details of the overall security plan for SB 53 — which will be held February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

We’re told the Atlanta PD is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for safety at the event, but — like at prior Super Bowls — it will team up with FBI agents and the Department of Homeland Security to make it happen.

FBI Specialist Kevin Rowson tells us the agency’s role is twofold — it coordinates the collection and dissemination of all operational intelligence … but it also steps up to take over in the case of an act of terrorism or if any crime rises to a federal level.

In the past, the FBI’s role in security has included conducting the background checks for ALL of the event day staff who will be credentialed … including security guards, food vendors, media and volunteers. That can mean as many as 30,000 individuals.

Rowson says … “Our plans for the Super Bowl security have not changed despite the shutdown.”

DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton adds, “The Department takes the security of high risk events like the Super Bowl extremely seriously … the current lapse in government funding will have no effect on our commitment to assuring a safe and secure event.”

ATL PD’s Public Affairs Director agrees, telling us … “We’re confident our federal law enforcement partners will continue to assist us every step of the way and anticipate no impact from the shutdown.”

As you’ll recall … security for last year’s SB in Minneapolis resembled a militarized zone, with armed police officers and Humvees on the scene.

Seems like this year will be no different … as long as everyone doesn’t call in sick.

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.