Every year people speculate who will grace the stage at the highly coveted Super Bowl halftime show. Usually, they're right. So, when Variety broke the news that two sources have confirmed that Maroon 5 will be the headlining act, I was highly disappointed.

Nothing against Maroon 5 as people — I'm sure they put on a solid show — but hearing the same mainstream pop music year after year on one of the world's most popular stages is getting pretty old.

Maroon 5, which I just discovered is seven people (not five), has been cranking out top 40 hits since 2002. So, they definitely have enough material to perform a show that will appeal to the masses.

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But, hear me out, wouldn't it be exciting to hear something else? Like, anything but mainstream pop music?

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Their fame in recent years has skyrocketed due to frontman Adam Levine being a coach on NBC's "The Voice." They're currently on top of the charts for their collab with Cardi B on "Girls Like You," and they have other recent hits with Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Future. 

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So, at least there's hope for some guest appearances.

Still, to showcase yet another top 40 pop act that already makes millions of dollars on the reg seems tired.

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The last decade of performers at the Super Bowl have fallen into the same category as Maroon 5.

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Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, and more of their A-list kind have made it to the stage over the past 10 years.

Granted, some of these artists did put on excellent shows. But the music itself left a lot to be desired.

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Chances are, the NFL and Pepsi brainstormed while looking at a list of all the mainstream artists on the charts today and decided Maroon 5 was the most inoffensive performer. With all that Colin Kaepernick drama going on, they probably didn't want to ruffle any more feathers.

But in doing so, they also missed out on a major opportunity to showcase new artists that aren't already millionaires, or different genres to up people's musical education.

There's more than pop music in this country, so why does the NFL assume that's what everyone wants to hear?

Considering we once had iconic acts like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and PRINCE, for goodness sake, perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, I know for a fact that they are capable of making better choices.

I'm not the only one disappointed by their choice. Many people think an Atlanta native would be more suitable, seeing as the championship game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

I get that they wanted to pick someone with mainstream appeal, but couldn't they at least go for someone with a little more depth? Why not Ludacris? Or OutKast? Heck, they could even go with John Mayer, who started his music career in Atlanta and can play a mean guitar. Throw in the rest of Dead and Company and you'd have one helluva performance.

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Nope. Instead, we get another boring pop performance.

Thanks, NFL and Pepsi, for what's sure to be another mediocre, unmemorable show!

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