The 26-year-old rapper will perform at the event in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 3, a source confirms to PEOPLE. Reps for Maroon 5 and the NFL did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
A source previously confirmed to PEOPLE in September that Maroon 5 would perform at the halftime show, but the NFL has yet to officially announce it, though they issued a statement.
“It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show,” it read. “We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”
If the band officially signs on for the high-profile performance, it would come amid a storm of controversy. More than 75,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking them to back out of the event to support Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the #TakeAKnee movement to protest racial injustices.
That said, the band’s frontman, Adam Levine, 39, has all but confirmed their appearance. He joked with Ellen DeGeneres about it on her talk show in mid-November.
“It’s the Super Bowl. It’s a great event, and there’s gonna be a band performing — or an artist of some kind, at halftime and it’s gonna be great regardless of who it is,” he quipped. “Whoever is lucky enough to get that gig is probably gonna crush it … Whoever does it is probably equal parts nervous and excited. This is all speculative cause I don’t know who I’m talking about.”
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