Adam Levine Breaks Silence After Maroon 5's Super Bowl Halftime Show
Adam Levine spoke out after Maroon 5 played a tame Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday.
The singer took to Instagram, where he wrote a long missive alongside an image of the "One Love" light display featured during their performance.
"When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTS, I took out my pen and just wrote," Levine, 39, captioned the photo. "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."
He continued, "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."
Maroon 5 was plagued with backlash leading up to the Super Bowl Halftime Show, largely due to artists protesting the NFL over its treatment of Colin Kaepernick.
Levine addressed the controversy with Entertainment Tonight Thursday, saying, "It’s what it is. We expected it. We’d like to move on from it and... speak through the music."
Levine added that he consulted many people before making the decision to perform amid the controversy over the NFL’s handling of players like Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem. "I silenced all the noise and listened to myself," Levine said, "and made my decision based upon how I felt."