MAROON 5

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta.

It wasn't the best.

But it was exactly what it needed to be.

Maroon 5 shared the Super Bowl halftime stage with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi for a solid performance that mixed the pop band's hits — "Moves Like Jagger," "She Will Be Loved" and "Sugar" among them — with some hip-hop jams.

And hey, maybe you hate Maroon 5. They're one of those ubiquitous bands like Coldplay that have loads of pop talent and pervade the radio while some people find them to be weak or dumb or other lame descriptors that have little to do with music and everything to do with not liking guys who sing pop songs.

If you're one of those, of course you hated the show.

And that's OK. The halftime show isn't for football fans or music aficionados. It's for the radio-loving crowd, the people who watch for the commercials, those who have been eyeing the queso dip and are not even aware of who's playing.

It's entertainment.

So let's be real: That was a solid show from a hit-making pop band. Add in some fiery (but all too brief) verses from a pair of rappers and — chef's kiss — perfection.

Maroon 5

Adam Levine of Maroon 5, left, and Travis Scott perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta.

It was no Prince halftime show. But it definitely hit all the check boxes we need from these kinds of things.

A rapid-fire slap of hit songs? Check. A reference to Atlanta? Multiple checks. Some visual appeal for the home audience? Check. Drones? Check. Drumline? Check. A gospel choir uplifting a regular song to soaring new heights? Oh, yes.

Though Maroon 5 was pretty good, the band was overshadowed by brief appearances by Travis Scott and Big Boi. (And SpongeBob, too.)

Scott hit the stage in a ball of fire, rapidly hitting the words of "Sicko Mode," and Big Boi arrived outfitted like a hip-hop king, proceeding to slay with OutKast's "The Way You Move."

Big Boi

Big Boi performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. 

I could have used much more of both.

The abrupt transition from Maroon 5's smooth funky pop to hard-hitting raps was a little jarring, but it all worked out in the end. 

And although Adam Levine is the star of Maroon 5, it was also nice to see acknowledgment from the producers that other people are in the band.

Maroon 5

Nebraska native James Valentine, right, performs alongside Adam Levine of Maroon 5 during halftime of last Sunday’s Super Bowl.

And lead guitarist James Valentine — a Nebraska guy! — got quite a bit of screen time himself, matching up with Levine, playing with bassist Mickey Madden and soloing amid the gospel choir.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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