Maroon 5 Announced As Super Bowl Half-Time Performers

 

Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 was named Sunday as the headline act of next month’s Super Bowl 53 half-time show, a performance that has aroused controversy and protest petitions.

The league and pop music band announced they will perform in the National Football League championship spectacle on February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

They will be joined by Atlanta native Big Boi and Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott.

Maroon 5 had been long rumoured to be playing the feature slot on one of the most watched US television shows of any year.

But it comes after more than 75,000 people signed an online petition for the band not to play the Super Bowl to support Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started kneeling protests during pre-game US anthem performances as a way to protest racial and social injustice and police brutality.

Kaepernick, a former star for the San Francisco 49ers, has not played in the league since 2016. He filed a grievance against the NFL and club owners last year, claiming they have conspired not to hire him.

US President Donald Trump made the kneeling protest a major issue, calling anyone who did it a “son of a bitch” and saying they should be fired.

Other artists reportedly turned down the halftime show in support of Kaepernick.

Billboard reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources, that Scott signed on to perform only after the NFL agreed to join him in donating to a social justice cause.

Past Super Bowl performers have included Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and Michael Jackson.

Kizz Daniel Tops Davido, Wizkid In Most Searched Lyrics In Nigeria

The lyrics to ‘One ticket’ by Nigerian Afro-pop rave of the moment, Kizz Daniel, is the most searched lyrics in Nigeria for 2018.

This is according to a 10-man Google Trends list published on Wednesday, December 12.

Google Trends is a report borne from analysis of popular search queries by language and region.

The report for Nigeria showed that ‘One Ticket’ beats the likes of Drake’s multi-award winning song ‘God’s Plan’ to clinch the topmost spot for most searched lyrics.

Kizz Daniel’s One Ticket was the first of a few other Nigerian lyrics that made it to the 2018 Google trends list.

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Below is the full list of the 2018 most searched lyrics in Nigeria, according to Google Trends.

1. One Ticket ( Kizz Daniel Ft. Davido)

2. God’s Plan (Drake)

3. In my feelings (Drake)

4. Fake Love (Duncan Mighty ft. Wizkid)

5. Assurance (Davido)

6. Nwa Baby (Davido)

7. Man’s Not Hot (Michael Dapaah)

8. Girls like you (Maroon 5)

9. Freaky Friday (Lil Dicky)

10. This is Nigeria (Falz)

The Google Trends list comes in diverse categories including most searched people, movies, news, sports and sporting events.

Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United came up tops in the list of most searched people in Nigeria for 2018, as well as the most searched sportsperson of the year.

In music, Wizkid’s ‘Fever’ came out tops in the most searched song of the year, while Black Panther secured the number one position for most searched movies.

Nicki Minaj To Perform At MTV Video Music Awards

nicki-minajMTV Base has announced Grammy Award-nominated superstar, Nicki Minaj, to grace the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” stage at the forthcoming event which would take place at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 24.

The hip-hop queen would perform her alluring new hit single “Anaconda” for the first time, from her new album – The Pink Print, due to be released later in the year.

Nicki Minaj, who would be joining previously announced performers like Beyoncé, Usher, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer, is said to be very excited about the upcoming performance.

“The VMA’s is a pretty big deal so people go all out for it,” said Nicki Minaj. “I am very, very excited and looking forward to the performance.”

Nominees for a new socially voted category, ‘Best Lyric Video’ would be announced at a later date on vma.mtv.com.

 

 

 

 

Beyoncé To Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

MTV Base announced on Thursday, August 7,  that global international sensation, Beyoncé, would receive the legendary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyoncé, who leads the pack this year with eight VMA nominations, will be presented with the highly coveted Video Vanguard Award, joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and JustinTimberlake.

Mrs Carter’s triumphant return to the MTV VMA stage marks her fourth time performing on the loudest, most influential annual live celebration of music in the world.

The event, which will take place in Inglewood, California, on Sunday August 24, would also have previously announced 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” performers like Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

Additional performers and presenters would be announced on a later date.