Who: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
Why we picked them: Shakira and J. Lo’s rocked Miami Sunday night! Their Super Bowl LIV Halftime performance will go down in history as an epic showcase of musical talent, female empowerment, Latina culture, and dance.
The Colombia-born Shakira kicked off the celebration with her signature hip-shaking and belly dancing—a nod to her Lebanese heritage—with an army of female backup dancers to perform her hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” Soon she was joined by Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny for a cover of Cardi B’s “I Like It,” and the crowd went crazy during her meme-worthy moment—a gesture of huge cultural importance to the singer and people of Middle Eastern heritage.
Next, J. Lo—clinging to a replica of the Empire State Building’s steeple—shouting: “Miami are you ready?”—took over. The Bronx native descended upon the stage, dressed in head to toe in Versace leather (her backup dancers were as well!), opening with “Jenny from the Block” before taking her dance skills to the pole to sing “Waiting for Tonight.” The 50-year-old (50!) was soon joined by her daughter, Emme, who sang “Let’s Get Loud” alongside her mom (who reentered the stage wearing a giant Puerto Rican flag) and children’s choir before Shakira joined to help close out with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.”
Say what you want, but both artists, their teams, and dancers put hundreds of hours into this show for all to enjoy. Take a bow ladies. Well done.
Fun Fact: We shared the stage with J. Lo in December when she hosted SNL and asked us to join her in her opening monologue.