Latina superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headlined this year's NFL Super Bowl halftime show in Miami. They ran through their greatest hits and got by with a little help from the self-anointed Latino Gang J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
For Super Bowl LIV, Lopez and Shakira were announced as co-headliners of the halftime show. With two of biggest Latinas in music joining forces, they made sure to big up their culture for the global audience that was no doubt tuning in for them.
Colombia's Shakira opened the show in a sparkling red outfit howling through her 2009 smash "She Wolf. She slowed things down for a moment and brought out her guitar to belt out the towering "Empire" from her 2014 self-titled album. Shakira's mesmerizing belly-dance routine to 1998's "Ojos Así" led into her crossover English-language hit from 2002, "Whenever, Wherever." She channeled her signature yodel in "I Like It Like That" alongside Puerto Rican Latin trap star Bad Bunny, who spit his verse from "I Like It" (sans Cardi B and J Balvin) and his own "Callaíta." In what might be a first for a halftime show, Shakira then followed with a salsa mix of her Spanish-language smash, 2016's "Chantaje," without her fellow countryman Maluma. To end her part of the show, she crowd-surfed into the biggest hit of her career, 2006's "Hips Don't Lie." "Mil gracias," Shakira said.
Lopez, a Puerto Rican by way of the Bronx, appeared in a black leather bodysuit to rep her hood with 2002's "Jenny from the Block." She brought her All I Have Las Vegas residency show to the big stage with "Ain't it Funny" and the cane choreography routine of 2005's "Get Right." Lopez outfit changed into a shimmering silver bodysuit and reappeared on a pole with moves reminiscent to her Golden Globe-nominated role in last year's Hustlers movie. Once the green lasers hit, she dialed it back to 1999 for "Waiting for Tonight." Things returned to present day when Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin hit the stage with an abbreviated version of the dembow hit "Que Calor" (sans Major Lazer and El Alfa). Lopez mashed-up 2001's "Love Don't Cost a Thing" with Balvin's orgullo anthem "Mi Gente." She then charged into one of her biggest recent hits, 2011's "On the Floor."
Lopez's 11-year-old daughter Emme sang during the show and led her mama into the 2000 hit "Let's Get Loud" while Shakira was playing the drums. J.Lo emerged, wrapped in a Puerto Rican flag, with elements of Bruce Springstreen's "Born in the U.S.A." playing in the background. Shakira and Lopez were then side-by-side to perform "Loud" and the 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem "Waka Waka" together. Before leaving the stage, they both flashed the camera with their signature hips and backsides and embraced each other in front of the roaring crowd. Operation Latina Halftime Takeover was a touchdown.
See the Pepsi halftime show below:
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