The NFL officially announced the Super Bowl LIII halftime show over the weekend. The announcement confirmed previously announced acts Maroon 5 and Travis Scott. It also included Atlanta rapper Big Boi.
Shortly after the the official announcement, it was revealed that Travis Scott only agreed to perform if the NFL contributed to the social justice charity Dream Corps.
A source close to the negotiations has now confirmed to Billboard that Scott required the NFL to make a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice in order for him to move forward with the event.
Scott made a $500,000 donation in partnership with the NFL to “social justice accelerator” Dream Corps, an organization founded by Van Jones in 2014, and will work with the NFL on additional initiatives.
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a 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.”
Let’s hope Scott pulls some sort of Janet Jackson like stunt during his portion of the performance. That would be fantastic.
They beg for him to perform, make a charitable donation and then he kicks them where it hurts during the show.