Here's Why SpongeBob SquarePants Had a Brief Appearance in the Super Bowl Halftime Show

A fan started a Change.org petition a few months ago

February 4, 2019

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Spongebob SquarePants has made it to the Super Bowl. As Maroon 5 hit the stage at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, a clip of “Sweet Victory” — a song the cast of the popular animated Nickelodeon show made famous in a 2001 episode — played on the big screen. Shortly after the moment, rapper Travis Scott performed “Sicko Mode” with the band.

SpongeBob’s road to the Super Bowl began when a fan started a Change.org petition a few months earlier asking the NFL to have the song performed as a way of paying respect to series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died in November at age 57 following complications from ALS. The petition soon received more than one million signatures.

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