Super Bowl LIII

NFL Hires ATL R&B Group!!!

But, Not for Halftime Show

11/2/2018 12:50 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

The NFL is finally caving to pressure and booking an ATL-based musical act for Super Bowl LIII, but fans hoping to see local culture in the halftime show will still be disappointed … TMZ has learned. 

The R&B act is a group called Final Draft and, while the Super Bowl is a huge score for them … they’ll be more of a side act at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. As you know, Maroon 5 is holding court as the halftime headliner — a decision many fans and even artists, like Waka Flocka, blasted the league for making.

The feeling is the NFL’s missing out on showcasing Atlanta’s hugely popular and successful hip-hop scene.

We’re told Final Draft will perform at the Players Tailgate party, about 3 blocks away from the stadium. No tickets are needed, just show up and enjoy. The group will also perform later at the GameDay Fan Plaza … which, at least, is inside the stadium.

Prior to this, Final Draft’s big break came on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” where they reached the quarterfinals — and they’ve also appeared on Wendy Williams‘ show.

As we first reported, Cardi B was in negotiations to join Maroon 5 for part of the halftime show. As far as we know, that’s still in play.

So, we’re saying there’s still hope for hip-hop at SB LIII. 

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