Maroon 5, Shirtless Adam Levine, and All the Fireworks From the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

Check out Travis Scott, Big Boi, and the glowing lanterns that were

February 4, 2019

Maroon 5 did a lot of things during the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show. They took it back to the beginning with "Harder To Breathe", they lit the sky and spelled "love" with lanterns, they even invited Big Boi and the ATLiens along to inject some much needed Hotlanta Hip Hop into the fold. Though with all that the GRAMMY-winning group did cram into 13 minutes, their performance is most notable for the things that Adam Levine didn't do.

Like keep his shirt on. If nothing else, the halftime performance will be remembered as the one where Adam Levine took his shirt off. The one with nipples that didn't enthrall and enrage America. The one with all the tattoos and sweaty singing. Even a Travis Scott-sized meteor and an on-field Cadillac entrance from one of the guys from Outkast couldn't divert the gaze away from that Sailor Jerry lookbook Levine calls a body. Squidward and SpongeBob did their best, but they were outmatched by the slow and steady striptease of Maroon 5.

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They also didn't get political. After canceling a press conference and saying in interviews that they would be speaking through their music, the controversy that surrounded Maroon 5 and the Super Bowl performance in the lead-up was silenced in favor of huge hits and a marching band. There was no immediate nod to the issues that surround the NFL or a sign of solidarity with the causes that caused other artists to not participate. Instead all parties put their head down and entertained, which no matter what the hot takes say, is kinda the gig.

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When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote. Some of the words that came to me in that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love. ❤️ And the list of words is... Forgive Laugh Cry Smile Share Live Endure Embrace Remember Enlighten Preserve Inspire Sweat Fight Express Give Receive Elevate Climb Unify Fortify Soften Dance Scream Dream Educate Provide Inhale Exhale Persevere Stand Kneel Overcome Love Listen

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See what you missed in the full replay above, relive it one more time, or pause it when he screams shirtless. Whatever gets you through the Monday after the Super Bowl.