It was the New England Patriots who won Sunday, for the sixth time, this final against the Los Angeles Rams 13 to 3. More than 100 million Americans watched behind their television at this sporting finale and the musical show of the mid -time. A show that has been shaken up this year by a big controversy and calls for a boycott in support of San Francisco's former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a militant against police brutality.
"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," despite the controversy, Gladys Knight told Variety before the Super Bowl. The "empress of soul" kicked off with a soulful rendition of the national anthem.
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 finishes shirtless
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 then ensured the show during half-time. A rather warm show compared to other years (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, Madonna or Justin Timberlake) started with "Harder To Breathe" and "This Love". After three minutes, Travis Scott came on stage for a brief version of "Sicko Mode", under an impressive rain of flames.
Maroon 5, whose musicians stayed on stage to accompany the rapper, followed with "Girls Like You", surrounded by a gospel choir and a fanfare of drums, then with "She will be loved". Big Boi of Outkast, dressed in a big fur coat on red jogging and matching cap, then landed in a car, briefly taking over with "The Way You Move", soon joined for this cooing by a mate and Adam Levine.
The latter then dropped the jacket, revealing his muscular arms covered with tattoos. He continued with "Sugar" and finally "Moves Like Jagger" for which he finally removed his tank top and finished shirtless, always revealing more tattoos. Note that neither Cardi B, featuring on "Girls Like You" nor Christina Aguilera, featuring "Moves Like Jagger", have come on stage to support Levine. Cardi B made it clear that he refused to come to the Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.