“Jennifer Lopez is too big to share Super Bowl 2020 halftime show.”
This was a Thursday morning headline from the New York Post. The article’s from writer, Chuck Arnold, can’t believe that Lopez will be performing alongside Shakira at Sunday night’s game:
“Hips may not lie,” he says, “but can it really be true that Shakira is co-headlining the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez?“
It wasn’t long before Shakira’s army of fans came to her defense. (By the way, do they have a name? Are they the ‘Shewolves?”)
“Outside of America, Shakira is literally the world’s Beyonce,” one user wrote in response. “Americans don’t seem to understand the IMPACT of Ms Shakira. There’s a reason her songs constantly break streaming records and her tours break attendance records worldwide.”
Another distinction the people of Twitter made clear was that – while Lopez has received two GRAMMY nominations, she didn’t win either of them…meanwhile, Shakira has received six GRAMMY nominations and won three of them. And another distinction-of-the-distinction was that Shakira’s mentioned GRAMMY wins only included her American trophies – she’s won 12 Latin GRAMMYs.
It was also pointed out that Shakira is pushing having sold 80 million records worldwide, with J-Lo sitting at “just” 40 million.
It appears that Arnold did some research, though. He speculated that Shakira’s name being on the bill is possibly due to her being signed to a management contract with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, since it was reported in August that Roc Nation was entering into a partnership with the NFL. The NFL press release says that “as part of the agreement, Roc Nation will advise on the selection of artists for major NFL performances like the Super Bowl.”
By pitting two of music’s leading ladies against one another, Arnold is pushing a _completely) opposite agenda than the performers are. In a press conference earlier today, both women shared their excitement to showcase both “diversity” and “unity” during Sunday’s halftime show.
Shakira said that their time onstage will “show what a relevant force the Latin community is in this country.” Lopez echoed her co-star’s words: “Two Latinas, doing this in this country at this time, it’s just very empowering for us.”
The pair also announced that their performance will not be without a “heartfelt” tribute to Kobe Bryant, who was one of nine people who died in a helicopter crash on January 26th.
“I think it’s affecting everyone so much, because it’s just reminding everyone how fragile life is and how we have to appreciate every single moment,” Lopez said about the tragedy. “We have to love people when they’re here and not wait…it can be taken away from us so easily.”
“We’ll all be remembering Kobe on Sunday and celebrating life and diversity in this country,” Shakira said. “I’m sure he’d be very proud to see the message we are trying to convey on stage that day.”