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Why are J Lo and Shakira Not Getting Along Before Super Bowl Halftime Show?

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By Stephanie Elmir

America is hyped to watch Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Lopez herself said during her press tour for "Hustlers" that it was a chance to show positive Latinx representation in a country divided by racist rhetoric.

However, it seems Lopez and Shakira are having issues sharing the stage. Hopefully, the two Latinx music queens can put aside their differences to make a difference with their performances. Here's what they might be feuding over right now.

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Just J Lo

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Originally, Lopez was supposed to headline the Super Bowl halftime show alone. At the last minute, after Lopez had agreed to perform, Pepsi and the NFL decided to throw in Shakira to the mix.

Surprisingly, musical artists do not get paid for their performances, and instead, use it as a platform to promote their music. It is totally probable that Lopez felt betrayed by Shakira's addition and now feels chained to the alteration. The promotional value as a single headliner would have been more useful to Lopez.

Competition

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Lopez and Shakira have been champions on both American and Latin music charts, their careers parallel to each other. There aren't any other well-known instances where they have interacted with each other outside of the Super Bowl. This might just be a late-in-the-game feud between competitive artists.

It wouldn't be the first time for Lopez, already having beef with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Rosie Perez, and many more artists she's worked with before. There's nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, but it might be throwing these two stars to the edge.

Different Souls

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Lopez and Shakira have similar types of pop music, both having done the sexy dancing thing really well. Lopez started off as a dancer on "In Living Color" and Shakira has always incorporated belly dancing from her Lebanese heritage.

However, when it comes to style, Lopez has always been inspired by R&B and more recently by club music, while Shakira has had more alternative phases. Both artists have commercial styles of music now, but their past hits might interfere with each other's medleys.

Home Turf

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Although it seems they would have a lot in common, they're both from different parts of the world. Lopez grew up in the Bronx of New York City while Shakira lived in Colombia for most of her life.

Now that Lopez lives in Miami, host to this year's Super Bowl, it seems she has the upper hand in comfort. Moreover, their schedules must be hectic considering Shakira's family now lives in Barcelona, while Lopez navigates awards season for "Hustlers". It'd be hard for either artist to find a compromise.

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