Jennifer Lopez and Shakira set fire to a chilly Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday night with a spectacular halftime show at Super Bowl 2020, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was a party: exultant voices, shaking hips in glittery costumes, irresistible global rhythms. They danced and belted through a quick-cutting megamix of their hits, sweet melody motion and flirtatious sexiness with sheer mastery of rhythm on the NFL’s week-long love affair with the cultural diversity that defines South Florida.
Jennife Lopez honored her heritage by wearing a feathered cape that showed the U.S. flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other. She opened the cape up to show the Puerto Rico side as her daughter Emme Muniz and a children’s choir joined her for the opening notes of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” An hour after Demi Lovato delivered a flawless rendition of the national anthem.
The bilingual performances by Lopez and Shakira, which included help from Latin rap stars Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, added a new flavor to the NFL’s frequent reliance on mostly male pop, rock and R&B performers on the high-profile halftime stage at its signature event. Attendance at Hard Rock Stadium was just over 62,000, and the NFL estimated the 2020 Super Bowl would reach more than 100 million people worldwide.
Shakira, opening for Lopez, started with her 2009 hit “She Wolf” before stepping behind the guitar for 2014’s “Empires.” A belly-dancing interlude led to 2001’s “Whenever.” Bad Bunny joined the singer for a rendition of Cardi B’ s “I Like It.” As Shakira danced, he sang his recent hit “Callaita” before ceding the stage to Lopez.
Jennife, 50, and Shakira, 43, further brought Latino representation to the show by inviting Bad Bunny and J Balvin, who performed their Spanish-language verses of Cardi B’s “I Like It” and “Mi Gente,” respectively. The women wrapped the performance by dancing and embracing each other, capping one of the best Super Bowl halftimes of the past decade.
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