The Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show: Did Shakira Out-Perform Jennifer Lopez?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Before 2020’s Super Bowl, some had been arguing that Jennifer Lopez, the pre-announced halftime performer, didn’t want Shakira on the halftime efficiency. It was an odd framing of the narrative, for certain: virtually each current Super Bowl halftime present has included a cameo efficiency, shock or in any other case. Adding one other extremely profitable, Grammy-winning Latina performer ought to solely have been seen as a profit to the occasion. But, did J.Lo truly get outshined at her personal Super Bowl half time by Shakira?

Background on Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, stars of the Super Bowl 54 Halftime Performance

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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez carry out through the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Lopez, age 50 (in the event you can consider it), is a triple menace. The pop star has an extended music profession, she’s educated in dance (and serves as a choose on World of Dance), and her most up-to-date position within the film Hustlers garnered Oscar buzz. J.Lo’s profitable Vegas residency proved how properly the singer can grasp (she is perhaps extra in form than anybody you already know).

Shakira is known within the U.S. for bops like 2005’s “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Walka Walka” the official theme tune of the 2010 World Cup. But she’s a complete powerhouse of music within the Latin music world. (She’s the most-streamed Latina artist on Spotify). She additionally coached child singers on The Voice and has received 13 Grammys.

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Shakira and her dancers carry out through the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

While Lopez has extra recognizability within the States (Lopez grew up within the Bronx; Shakira was born in Colombia), worldwide, Shakira dominates.

On the night of the Super Bowl LIV, we noticed why. Shakira opened the present with a stage filled with dancers gyrating alongside along with her to “She Wolf.” It solely bought higher from there; there was a bit with a rope that had us sweating.

While Lopez is clearly educated and rehearsed, Shakira’s motion is so pure. (As we all know, her hips don’t lie; that’s nonetheless very clear). Shakira’s dancing seems straightforward – which it’s not, nevertheless it ought to. She additionally casually begins enjoying the electrical guitar on the second tune? And later, we see her rocking out the drums. This lady has ranges.

Shakira vs. J.Lo is a near-impossible comparability: the 2 can sing, dance, and carry out

Then, Shakira goes into a canopy of “Like It” that makes the unique tune sound like rubbish (OK, that’s an exaggeration). Men in crimson fits come out with brass devices and do salsa for “Chantaje.” Then, simply after “Hips Don’t Lie” begins, Shakira does a full belief fall into the viewers, whereas her dancers simply bounce for his or her lives on stage. Then she does a wild noise along with her tongue out into the digital camera. Because why not?

Have you ever seen anybody having a greater time?! Not till the very finish of her set, the place Shakira leaps out of her sea of dancers, and karate kicks into the air. What a legend.

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Shakira performs onstage through the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

In comparability to Lopez’s half of the present, Shakira had a number of extra moments the place she as a performer was featured: Shakira’s singing expertise, her provocative, sharp dance strikes–and once more, the half with the rope that had us feeling some kind of approach. But then, her dancers are simply as enjoyable to observe: they’re all robust, fierce, and appear to be they’re having the time of their lives.

Lopez had a powerful set; the girl can dance. She has catchy songs. But she will be able to’t shake her hips like Shakira, and her songs aren’t fairly as related or up-to-date.

The distinction between the 2 singers’ Super Bowl halftime exhibits

That being stated, Lopez had this going for her: SPECTACLE. The male dancers with their shiny canes killed the sport. Lopez does a full costume become a really sheer jumpsuit, after which climbs a pole in it. She spins across the pole effortlessly as she begins to sing the stable throwback, “Waiting for Tonight.”

However, everyone knows the unwritten rule of Dancing With the Stars is: the extra spectacle you’ve gotten round you (background dancers, props, in different phrases: distractions from the dancing), the much less gifted the superstar dancer.

Speaking of distractions, after a giant dance break, a bunch of kids come out!

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Jennifer Lopez at Bowl 54 | Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service by way of Getty Images

Lopez’s daughter and a bunch of different tiny ladies in white outfits sing “Let’s Get Loud” along with her. The child salsa dancers are actually cute. But we’ve got to confess, we had been psyched to see Shakira’s wonderful dancers return to the stage all clad in gold, for the World Cup Banger, “Walka Walka.”

Lopez’s shining second might be her manically quick salsa. We additionally salute Lopez for singing “Born in the U.S.A.” whereas carrying a coat depicting Puerto Rico’s flag. (Reminding anybody that wanted a reminder: Puerto Rico is the usA.). While Lopez was born in New York, her mother and father are Puerto Rican.

The two singers shut out the present collectively, shaking their hips because the fireworks blast within the sky.

What Twitter stated concerning the Super Bowl halftime present

“I love that Shakira pulled up a fan to perform with her during HER super bowl show,” one tweeter joked. “What a queen.”

“Shakira sang in different languages, Played instruments, DID AN AMAZING CHOREOGRAPHY Including Belly Dancing and Delivered VOCALS,” wrote one rabid fan. “WHAT ELSE THIS WOMAN CAN’T DO?? NO ONE’S GONNA BE ABLE TO TOP THIS EVER THIS IS LEGENDARIC.”

But most individuals agreed that collectively, the 2 Latina singers introduced the home down.

“OH. MY. GOD. THAT. HALFTIME. PERFORMANCE!!” one fan gushed on Twitter. “LATINAS REPRESENT!!! Show em how it is DONE what freaking inspirational queens.”

Even Republican politician Jeb Bush beloved it.

“Best Super Bowl half time show ever,” he tweeted.

Overall the present was various, a enjoyable celebration of Latinx tradition, and easily well-performed by each single individual on stage. And it seems it some of the well-liked Super Bowl performances in current historical past. We beloved this Latina diva collaboration.

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