Adam Levine post message following Super Bowl halftime performance

Maroon 5 in concert. Credit PA

Maroon 5 in concert. Credit PA

After months of hints, a petition that gathered more than 1.2 million signatures and cries from all corners of the "SpongeBob SquarePants" universe, it looks like Maroon 5 is planning to incorporate the iconic song, "Sweet Victory", in their halftime show at the Super Bowl on Sunday in Atlanta.

They introduced Scott with a clip from "Sweet Victory", a 2001 episode where the sponge performs at the Bubble Bowl, Bikini Bottom's version of the Super Bowl.

Levine was also criticized for taking his shirt off, drawing comparisons to the 2004 halftime show, when Justin Timberlake removed part of Janet Jackson's top, baring her breast.

The Stars video with Spongebob performing "Sweet Victory" went viral Monday, as fans who petitioned for the that to be the performance at Super Bowl LIII went wild. When Maroon 5 was announced as this year's act, the reaction was tepid - and unfortunately for Adam Levine and co., the internet, an ever cruel and harsh critic, was far from won over by their performance.

"So, Adam Levine's nipples are ok at the Super Bowl but Janet Jackson's aren't?" another Twitter user commented.

For many tuning into Super Bowl 53, it's all about the halftime show festivities, which only gets interrupted by a football game where the New England Patriots battle the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.

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Fans were especially hoping to see the tribute in the form of a reference to "Sweet Victory", a song which is performed by SpongeBob and friends in an arena, making it flawless for the Super Bowl.

Adam Levine should be used to criticism by now, as he faced backlash after signing on to headline the halftime show.

The inclusion of "kneel" seems like it could be in reference to Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who started kneeling during the pre-game National Anthem in 2016 as a protest against police brutality and racial injustice.

The band's announcement that they would perform at this year's Super Bowl was met with controversy, with calls for them to pull out because of the NFL's stance over some players refusing to stand when the USA national anthem is played in protest against the treatment of black people in America. "No one put more thought and love into this than I did".

"No one thought about it more than I did", said Levine.

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