Afterwards, the band transitioned to "She Will Be Loved" as audience members holding globe-shaped lamps stood under lights that arranged into the phrase "One Love".
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 ideal for the Super Bowl.
Though many people were excited to see SpongeBob do a small rendition of "Sweet Victory" at half time, a lot of people wondered why he was there. And a sweet introductory dedication to Maroon 5's late manager, Jordan Feldstein.
Following a good deal of controversy in the weeks leading up to the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, pop rock band Maroon 5 and hip-hop artists Travis Scott and Big Boi delivered a high-energy performance for assembled fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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.
"Friendly reminder that janet jackson got blacklisted for doing what adam levine just did", one user wrote on Twitter. "We expected it. We'd like to move on from it and speak through the music".
After all, you'll need an answer to discuss on social media on Sunday night and over the water-cooler on Monday morning. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible.
Levine said of his band's decision to perform despite the calls to boycott, "No one thought about it more than I did".
Levine said he's been preparing for the performance physically for a month. "They will be [heard] - that's all I want to say because I don't want to spoil anything", he said.
It only lasted a few seconds, but if I had to guess, that was Levine's show of solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before games.