Travis Scott Only Agreed To Play Super Bowl After NFL Made Charity Donation
The National Football League announced today that Travis Scott, Maroon 5 and Big Boi will perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show.
The annual performance has previously been led by stars including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, and usually nabs the title of 'most-watched musical event of the year' in the US.
High profile stars -- including Rihanna, Jay-Z and Cardi B -- turned down the opportunity to perform at the show this year, citing opposition to the NFL's stance on national anthem protests and its treatment of player Colin Kaepernick, who knelt against police brutality in 2016.
"You can't tell people to stand for those that take a knee and don't go to the games and then say 'but somebody oughta perform there and entertain'," Sharpton told TMZ last month.
"You're drawing TV viewers, you're bringing supporters, and I think that you can't have it both ways. You can't help people market something and then turn around and say you agree with the people protesting," Sharpton added.
The "Sicko Mode" rapper has now released a statement saying that, in partnership with the NFL, he'll be donating $500,000 US (nearly $700,000 AUD) to a charity called Dream Corps.
"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” the rapper wrote in the statement.
“I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change."
Dream Corps is an organisation founded by CNN journo Van Jones and works to help "low opportunity youth with the necessary resources and skills to become high-level computer programmers". It also has a program that's aiming to cut the US prison population in half and another that works to build "an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty".
The Super Bowl will take place in Atlanta this year on February 3.
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