Jennifer Lopez and Shakira Electrify Super Bowl Halftime Show

Performance was more energetic, and fun, than those of the recent past

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez sang many of their biggest hits during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. Getty Images
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Now that’s how you do a Super Bowl halftime show.

Jennifer Lopez and fellow pop legend Shakira joined forces to co-headline the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, putting on a dazzling performance that electrified Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

If you wanted energy from Shakira and Lopez during halftime, you got it. If you wanted family-friendly, you didn’t really, particularly not during Lopez’s set.

Lopez, known as a triple threat who can sing, dance and act, wore racy outfits and pole danced—showing off the skills she learned for her movie Hustlers—while singing her top hits, including “Jenny From the Block,” “Ain’t That Funny,” “Get Right,” “Waiting For Tonight,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “Let’s Get Loud” (the latter song also featured an appearance by daughter Emmy and a children’s choir).

Shakira kicked off the halftime show with a set that included hits like “She Wolf,” “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” She also performed Cardi B’s “I Like It.”

There was lots of booty shaking during the performance, which was more energetic, and fun, than those of the recent past.

NFL on Fox co-host Michael Strahan seemed to agree. When Fox returned to the studio panel after the performance, Strahan called “the best halftime show I’ve seen in a long time.”

With this year’s Big Game being played in Miami, the Super Bowl performance took on a strong Latin flair. There was an added degree of significance for the Bronx-born, Puerto Rican-American Lopez and the Colombian-born Shakira, which the latter alluded to during a Super Bowl press conference last week.

“I think Latinos are going through a difficult time in the U.S. right now, and I think it’s very important for us to convey a message of unity and also to show what a relevant force the Latino community is in this country, how much we have to offer, our idiosyncrasies, our culture that is so diverse,” Shakira said. “I think that J.Lo and I are here redefining paradigms about age, about race, about background.”

The NFL announced in September that the duo would be headlining this year’s halftime show.


@ajkatztv aj.katz@adweek.com A.J. Katz is the senior editor of Adweek's TVNewser.
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