Despite rumors that Adam Levine’s Maroon 5 were planning some “social justice” stunt during the Super Bowl 53 halftime show, Sunday night came and went without a hint of anti-cop, “take a knee” drama.
Instead, viewers got an eyeful of Levine’s head to toe tattoos. Rapper Travis Scott took the stage, and I’d tell you what he “sang” except it was mostly censored. SpongeBob SquarePants and pals made an appearance, too, in a tribute to series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in late 2018. The clip was from an episode entitled Band Geeks, first broadcast in 2001 and featuring the cast of characters performing their own half-time show at their underwater "Bubble Bowl" game.
But I’m not alone in thinking that the performer who stole the night did so at the very beginning of the big game:
The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, did her Atlanta hometown (and all of America) proud with her instantly iconic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Twitter blew up, and I guarantee that Knight’s appearance was the one thing about this game even hardcore football fans won’t soon forget.