"Rihanna was the front runner for next year's Super Bowl halftime show", a source told ET in October.
A rapidly growing petition, launched months ago by fan Israel Colunga, has since garnered more than 1.1 million signatures in support of having the song performed during the Super Bowl's halftime show as a means of paying respect to Hillenburg's legacy and his "contributions to a generation of children". The league said Maroon 5 would be joined by Big Boi, the Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Scott.
Adam Levine skirted around the rumours past year that Maroon 5 would be playing the Super Bowl half-time show.
"I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in", he said.
Maroon 5, a three-time Grammy-winning group led by Adam Levine, will be joined by rising star Scott and Atlanta, Georgia native Big Boi, who was previously one half of rap group Outcast.
"I think he should do what a lot of other major artists have done: say 'I'm not going to participate.' You can't fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus", the 64-year-old activist added.
The most famous, or infamous, halftime show was the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" from Janet Jackson (with Justin Timberlake), which also happened to air on CBS.