Big Boi & NFL Partner Up to Make $100k Donation ... Month After Halftime Show

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Big Boi is following suit with Travis Scott and Maroon 5 by partnering up with the NFL to donate a bundle of cash, but he's keeping his charitable efforts close to home.

The Outkast rapper -- who performed with Adam Levine and co. during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show -- will announce Thursday a joint donation of $100k from himself and the NFL. We're told the money will be going to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Big Boi's hometown of Atlanta.

Sources familiar with the deal tell TMZ ... the joint donation is similar to the ones the league made with the other halftime performers in Atlanta. Maroon 5's went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Travis' went to Van Jones' Dream Corps.

Their donations were announced before the big game, but we're told Big Boi always intended to make one too. He just took longer to announce it because he needed time to decide where the money would be put to the best use -- and The King Center won out.

As you know ... Travis and the NFL agreed to his joint $500k donation after he spoke with Colin Kaepernick, although not necessarily as a result of that convo.

Maroon 5's SB Halftime Show Shirtless Adam Heats Things Up

The Super Bowl LIII halftime came and went, and it featured A LOT of Adam Levine ... who stripped down until there was practically nothing left up top.

Maroon 5 took center stage Sunday midway through the big game, and they ran through a bunch of their early hits to kick things off. As the show went on, Adam lost more and more layers from his torso ... until he was fully shirtless by 'Moves Like Jagger' at the end.

Travis Scott and Big Boi made brief appearances as well -- each of them performed one verse and a hook of their songs, "SICKO MODE" and "The Way You Move," respectively. But no guest appearances here, even though both songs featured big artists like Drake and Andre 3000. Even M5's "Girls Like You" went without a surprise Cardi B ο»Ώvisit. Darn ...

Either way, the spotlight always went back to Adam and co. They were the headliners, after all ... and this performance proved it.

Considering all the controversy surrounding the halftime show ... it was relatively kosher, and really went off without a hitch. The NFL's gotta be happy about that.

Maroon 5 Super Bowl Presser Canceled

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Maroon 5 will NOT be taking questions from the media about their Super Bowl halftime show -- the NFL just announced the pre-show press conference is officially OFF.

The halftime show press conference has been a tradition for YEARS -- Justin Timberlake held one last year, Gaga before that ... Prince famously busted out his guitar and rocked out at his back in 2007.

So, why scrap the presser? The NFL says Maroon 5 and the other artists like Travis Scott want to "let their show do the talking" -- but it seems pretty obvious it's all about Kaepernick.

There's been a strong push from big stars like Common and Nick Cannon for the halftime show performers to pull out over the way the league has treated Kap.

Other stars like Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kelly Rowland have said they wouldn't work with the NFL in the wake of Kaepernick's allegations he's been blackballed for taking a knee during the national anthem.

SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan says the presser had been on the official schedule of events -- and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport essentially confirmed by saying the presser was "canceled."

The NFL issued a statement saying ... "Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event."

"As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday."

Instead of hosting a press conference, the NFL says the artists and the league will participate in a "social and digital media rollout" to promote the show.

WWE Slams Maroon 5 Halftime Show ... Anti-Super Bowl Ad

The WWE is hitting Maroon 5 with a metaphorical steel chair -- slamming the band's Super Bowl halftime show as trash, in an effort to get fans to watch the WWE's halftime event instead.

Vince McMahon's company unleashed the hit piece Sunday night during the Royal Rumble -- asking fans why the hell they would watch Maroon 5 while they could be watching 6-man tag team match.

WWE even showed a picture of Adam Levine and added booing sound effects to really drive home the point.

It's all to promote WWE's new 'Halftime Heat' show -- featuring wrestlers like Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream and more. It'll air live on WWE Network and various social media platforms as counter-halftime programming.

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Yeah, it's a cheap shot at the NFL and Maroon 5 ... but it's funny.

Of course, the Halftime show has been met with a lot of controversy since M5 was announced as the headliner ... with various celebrities calling for a boycott over the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick.

Super Bowl LIII Maroon 5 Confirms ... Trav & Big Boi in for Halftime Show

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It's official ... Maroon 5 are headlining Super Bowl LIII, and they'll be joined by the likes of Travis Scott and Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi.

The band announced the news Sunday with a promo video which lists themselves, Trav and Big Boi as performers for the halftime show. The NFL confirmed on their end, saying M5 will take center stage and TS and BB will be featured as guest artists.

We broke the story ... Travis signed on to perform for Super Bowl 53 late last month, despite tons of backlash from the African-American community. According to a report, Scott only agreed to do the show after the NFL vowed to donate a ton of cash to Dream Corps.

The Big Boi announcement didn't come as a total surprise. We knew organizers were scrambling to snag either him or Cardi B. Looks like they went with a homegrown artist for the big game that'll be played in ATL this year.

Stoked is an understatement.

DC Young Fly Sorry, Travis ... I Still Got Problems with Super Bowl Halftime Show

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DC Young Fly says he's down with Maroon 5 and Travis Scott performing at halftime of the Super Bowl ... but he still feels the NFL made a huge mistake by passing over Atlanta rappers.

The 'Wild 'N Out' star isn't going full Jay-Z -- trying to talk Travis out of performing -- but he supports Colin Kaepernick and thinks the NFL is slapping ATL in the face by snubbing its hip-hop scene ... and he warns a TON of people are gonna raise hell when the big game comes to town.

We broke the story ... the "SICKO MODE" rapper will join M5 at the big show. Travis' new gig is drawing praise and scorn.

DC makes it clear his beef is not with Travis ... he suggests two music icons should join the show and ease tensions in Hotlanta. Hint: think gospel.

Adam Levine Fan Arrested ... After Rushing Stage During Maroon 5 Concert

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Adam Levine is driving ladies wild north of the border ... 'cause one fan snuck onstage and tailed the Maroon 5 singer before getting arrested!

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the 22-year-old woman was busted for public mischief and released without bail.

You gotta watch the vid ... it's an unreal scene inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto Thursday night during Maroon 5's concert.

You see the woman (white jacket, black pants) dancing onstage in front of the band before sliding past a guitarist and hauling ass down a runway toward Adam ... showing everyone she's got moves like Jagger.

That's when security belatedly intervenes and carries her offstage -- but not before she puts up a pretty good fight!

Cardi B I'll Perform at Super Bowl ... But I Want My Own Set!!!

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Hip-hop fans pissed at the NFL for the Maroon 5 halftime show decision might have their Hail Mary answered by none other than Cardi B -- but the NFL might have to blink ... TMZ has learned.

Our sources say Cardi is in negotiations to perform her song with Maroon 5, "Girls Like You" -- and the main issue being discussed is whether or not CB gets a solo set. We're told she's getting a lot of offers to perform in early February ... so she's trying to make the best deal possible.

Super Bowl LIII is being held in Atlanta, and some fans were hoping the NFL would give props to the ATL's hot music scene. Needless to say, Maroon 5 isn't checking that box for those fans.

Waka Flocka Flame told TMZ Sports the performers should be black and have connections to ATL.

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That's why Cardi would make a lot of sense for the NFL.

Stay tuned ...

Waka Flocka Flame NFL Fumbled Halftime ... Performer Should Be Black!!!

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Waka Flocka Flame is throwing penalty flags at the NFL for choosing Maroon 5 for the halftime performance at this year's Super Bowl in Atlanta, because he believes the performers should be black.

Waka tells TMZ Sports ... he's upset with the NFL's decision to shun the incredibly long list of Atlanta rappers in favor of a more mainstream performer.

Flocka tells us why Colin Kaepernick's movement could've influenced the halftime show ... and says the NFL is just plain tone-deaf ... disrespecting so many players and fans.

Waka gives us his picks for the halftime show ... and how to make the Super Bowl go hard in the paint.

Adam Levine Sugar Bomber Gets Bombed ... Twice Strikes Deal with Prosecutor

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4:30 PM PT -- That was quick. Farsi's struck a deal ... pleading no contest to ONE count of battery. The 2nd count was dropped and he was sentenced to 3 years probation, 52 psych counseling sessions, and 20 days of highway cleanup duty. He must stay 500 yards away from Jimmy Kimmel's studio and all other Hollywood events -- and Adam Levine is also off limits.

The City Attorney also threw in a protective order for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson since Farsi allegedly tossed a rock (clever) at him last month.

Adam Levine wasn't the only victim when that guy blasted him with a bag full of powdered sugar -- and as a result the attacker's been hit with 2 counts of battery ... TMZ has learned.

Navid Farsi was officially charged for covering the Maroon 5 singer's face in confectioner's sugar as he was about to perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" earlier this week.

The L.A. City Attorney hit Farsi with a second battery charge because a security guard also got doused in sugar -- although he didn't get the full facial like Adam did.

Farsi is being held on $20,000 bail.

Adam Levine Total White Out! Moment of Impact in Sugar Bombing

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Adam Levine never had a chance against the sugar bomber outside Jimmy Kimmel's studio Wednesday evening ... and that's evident in this new angle of the attack.

You can see Adam was laser focused at the time ... on signing autographs for the mob of fans gathered to see him -- and the attacker totally blended into the crowd.

Watch the video ... two things are amazing here: 1. Adam is pissed, but is still remarkably calm -- and 2. Maroon 5 fans are rabid.

You gotta see and hear them go berserk. Those young girls kiss their mother's with those mouths?

Adam Levine Sugar Bombed at Kimmel's Studio ... Suspect Arrested

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Nice day for a white welcome -- Adam Levine just got blasted with powdered sugar on his way into Jimmy Kimmel's Hollywood studio.

The Maroon 5 frontman was actually taking time to greet fans when the sugar bomber attacked -- seemingly landing a head shot on Adam with some sweet sweet powder ... and leaving one side of his face completely white. He did NOT look happy. (Check out this new angle of the attack)

Unclear if the attacker was protesting on behalf of any particular group -- or just some idiot prankster -- but he was quickly detained by security until police arrived and arrested him for battery. Adam continued into the studio for his scheduled appearance.

No word on what he and the band will play, but our best guess -- "Sugar."

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Bieber's Crew Stages Mutiny Over Japan Concert

Justin Bieber's scheduled concerts in Japan could be torpedoed because of a crew mutiny ... TMZ has learned.

Many crew members have flat out refused to go to Japan for two concerts later this month, because they're afraid of the cancer risks from the recent nuclear disaster. They also fear another earthquake. Short story -- they are refusing to go to Osaka for a May 17 concert and another concert two days later in Tokyo.

Today in Adelaide, Australia, an angry Scooter Braun -- Justin's manager -- exploded at the crew ... sources who were there tell TMZ.

Braun told the crew, "Man the f**k up and do the right thing by these kids."

But during the meeting -- the 3rd one in 4 days -- members of the crew fired back that it wasn't safe to go and Avril Lavigne and Slash had canceled their Japan concerts.

Scooter said Justin did not want to disappoint the kids who bought tickets and that the Japanese government had given an "all clear" -- that it was safe to be in both cities.

And Scooter noted, Maroon 5 is full steam ahead for its upcoming Japanese concerts.

As of now, there's a stalemate, and the Japanese concerts are in jeopardy.

Adam Levine Bruno's Rear Ain't My Type

Maroon 5 stud Adam Levine says he wouldn't mind getting a helping of ass to the face, depending on whose derriere it was -- and judging by the hot chick who rode on his hog, we doubt he wants Bruno's.