Maroon 5 has been confirmed as the headlining act for this year's Super Bowl performance - and viewers aren't happy about it.

The soft pop-rock band were today confirmed as headliners for the high-profile show on February 3 with special guests Travis Scott and Big Boi.

The event is one of America's most-watched television events of the year, and the half-time show is often a source of much debate.

Previous headliners include the Foo Fighters, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

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But many took to Twitter to complain that Maroon 5, who were heavily rumoured to have nabbed the spot, weren't equipped to do it.

Some suggested axing the Adam Levine-fronted act, known for songs like Girls Like You and What Lovers Do, and letting fiery rapper Travis Scott handle it.

Levine had played down the rumours during a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, saying: ""It's a rumour. I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumour. It's definitely a rumour. And the rumour is a rumour that everyone seems to be discussing."

He also said: "Whoever is lucky enough to get that gig probably is gonna crush it."

A change.org petition, titled Maroon 5: Drop Out of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, has 84,000 signatures.