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It takes a lot to upstage the teams playing at the Super Bowl. This is probably why they got, not only one but two Latina superstars for their half-time performance. At the recently-concluded Super Bowl LIV, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira shut down the Hard Rock Stadium with their electrifying half-time performance. 

Watch Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime performance below:

The choice of performers at this year’s Super Bowl LIV alone had already made quite a buzz. Last September, Both JLo and Shakira confirmed, through their social media, that they will take on the famous half-time stage at this year’s big game. Both of Latin American-origin, the fact that these two powerhouses will share the stage together garnered a social and relatively political impact. Prior to these two, only two other Latin artists have performed on this iconic stage—Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias. However, only the former had the stage all to herself. Iglesias was only part of a group of artists who performed during the 2000 Super Bowl half-time show. 

Shakira started the performance in a fiery red outfit with a troupe of similarly scantily-clad dancers. “Ola Miami!” she screamed to the Super Bowl audience as she performed her first song, “She Wolf”. In true Shakira-fashion, she took over the stage with her bombastic dancing and charismatic sex appeal. However, trust this Colombian superstar to change things up a bit. When she started her second song, “Empire,” she traded in her booty-shaking with a rocking electric guitar solo. But it wasn’t long before she resorted back to her signature Latin flair with “Wherever, Whenever”. She then followed it up with a couple of her Spanish hits, which then featured rapper Bad Bunny

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Shakira performance without her performing her massive hit, “Hips Don’t Lie,”. The opening beats alone pumped up the crowd as she began the song. Knowing full well that this was the song fans wanted to hear most, she dove into the crowd and surfed her way back into the main stage. “Gracias!” she screamed before going off the stage to let Jennifer Lopez take over. “Miami, are you ready!?” Lopez screamed from an elevated pole on one side of the stage. She then began her set with “Jenny from the Block” backed by her own troupe of backup dancers.  Following that with “Ain’t That Funny” and “Get Right,” she instilled a bit of nostalgia in her performance. And judging by the crowd’s reaction, her early 2000s hits still resonate with today’s fans. Pumping on the nostalgia even further, she then followed it up with her 1999 hit, “Waiting For Tonight,” one of her earliest chart-topping singles. In true Super Bowl half-time show-fashion, J. Balvin then made a surprise appearance, spitting out his verse from his recent release, “Que Calor”. Both artists then performed a remix of Lopez’s classic single, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”. Balvin even incorporated his own verse into the remix. 

Rounding up her solo segment, JLo performed two of her biggest hits. “On The Floor” and “Let’s Get Loud,” The latter arguably had more impact, particularly because of Lopez’s slightly political approach. The song began with a choir, led by the singer’s daughter Emmy, in a solemn remix. The beat picks up the moment Lopez reappears, this time wearing a feathery cape showcasing the American flag on the outer side and the Puerto Rican flag on the inner side. Moments later, Shakira joins the mother-daughter duo to finish the rest of the song. Both headliners finished off their performance with a salsa-ready match-up remix of “Let’s Get Loud” and Shakira’s 2010 World Cup anthem, “Waka Waka”.  Congratulations to Missouri’s Kansas City Chiefs for winning this year’s Super Bowl championship game. What did you think of the match? What about JLo and Shakira’s groundbreaking half-time show? Share your thoughts and reactions in our comments section below! 

Image Credits:

  1. Super Bowl 2020 Half-Time Show Featured Image – SBNation.com
  2. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez – AsWeek.com
  3. Jennifer Lopez Flag Costume – VanityFair.com