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J. Lo and Shakira, posing together before the halftime show.

Fans Certain J. Lo and Shakira Didn't Fulfill Promise During Halftime Show

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By Nic Morales

Fans go wild after the 2020 Super Bowl LIV halftime show, the two big performance players being Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The couple were expected to give tribute to their gender and heritage, lifting Latinas everywhere, calling them to take charge, showing them success today is possible.

But that's not all fans were expecting. With the country just losing one of the greatest basketball heroes of all time, Kobe Bryant, fans expected some sort of tribute to his life and death.

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Jennifer Lopez headshot, wearing a yellow dress.
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The thing is, some sort of tribute to the late Bryant was planned. In an pre-show press conference on January 30th, Shakira let's fans know her plans to remember the basketball legend. She says, “We’ll all be remembering Kobe on Sunday and celebrating life and diversity in this country,”

“I’m sure he’d be very proud to see the message we are trying to convey on stage that day.”, She finishes. Was this just talk? Or did the duo actually plan to say or do something in him remembrance?

Fans Aren't Happy

Shakira performing.
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Following the 2020 halftime show that many are praising and raving about, some fans took to Twitter to share their discontent with the lack of tribute to Bryant.

“So Jennifer Lopez and Shakira used that they were doing a tribute to Kobe Bryant as an excuse to get their views up during the halftime show not only that but then they proceeded to do NO Kobe Bryant tribute like they said they would…but are we surprised?”, one Twitter user proclaimed.

Super Bowl LIV, Opposing helmets on display facing each other.
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“Sooooo the Kobe Bryant Superbowl halftime tribute…. what channel was that on? @jlo @shakira y’all coming back on??”, chimes in another.

“Literally tho NFL hasn’t even done sh*t for Kobe Bryant yet, like I’m still waiting,”, says one person, clearly upset by the lack of support all around.

But is this really the case? With the many subliminal messages throughout their halftime performances hinting powerfully at sexuality and oppression. Is it possible another message was missed? While everyone jumps on bashing the women's outfits, we think important messages are being lost in the noise.

Where Was Bryant's Tribute?

Shakira nad Jennifer Lopez, hugging, waving to the crowd before the show.
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According to Hollywood Reporter Toward the end of the halftime show, J. Lo's 11 year-old daughter, Emme, joined her momma on stage to sing a verse. The platform then lights up showing a big cross and shining yellow and purple, the colors of Bryant's known team, the LA Lakers.

So the girls did pull through. They fulfilled Lopez's statement to the press before the performance, “We have to love people when they’re here and not wait. I think about Vanessa [Bryant] as a mom and losing her best friend and partner and losing her child, you know, how awful that must be for her right now, and I just wanted to send the message and praying God guides her through every moment because she has three more babies to take care of.”

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