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Shakira's Best Moments From Super Bowl Halftime Show

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By Stephanie Elmir

Everyone waited patiently for Shakira and Jennifer Lopez to finally perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Exceeding expectations, their performances were incredible, both shocking viewers with elaborate dance and song numbers. Accompanied by Spanish trap artists Bad Bunny and J Balvin, the Latinx community ruled the stage.

Although both performed wonderfully, Shakira deserves some focus on her part of the halftime show. Filled with fire, power, and sensuality, audiences couldn't keep their eyes off her. Here are her best moments.

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The Songs

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Shakira has had many hot songs, internationally and on the Billboard Hot 100. Fans went wild when she assembled a setlist filled with her most successful songs including "She Wolf", "Hips Don't Lie", "Chantaje", "Whenever, Wherever", and "Waka Waka".

Moreover, she accompanied Bad Bunny for songs of his like "I Like It Like That" and "Callaita" with influences of salsa instrumentals. All these hits sounded like they were all meant to be together in the first place, a testament to Latinx music.

Arab Influences

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Shakira not only represented her Colombian heritage but her Lebanese one as well, putting several Arab practices in the performance. She has always implemented her belly dancing skills in music videos and concerts, so it was no surprise when she danced to Lebanese rooted instrumentals.

Proudly, she became a meme for doing the 'zaghrouta' which is a traditional expression of joy and celebration at weddings, graduations, parties, etc. Although it's hilarious, it's also a beautiful callback to her rich background and influences.

Colombian Dance

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The dancing throughout the show was insanely good, but one moment truly stood out. During "Waka Waka" she had a bunch of dancers come onto the stage and perform the traditional Colombian dance 'champeta' which originates from her hometown of Barranquilla.

Complicated and jovial, the dance expresses happiness, performed beautifully in a group. Moreover, she flew in dancers from her hometown to perform with her at the Super Bowl, giving them a new platform. You can tell that her dancers loved the experience.

Design

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The stage literally came to life in flames as Shakira took her place, fire becoming the main theme around her part of the halftime show. Fluidly, she wore a red sequined two-piece with matching boots, showing off her ripped body.

The dancers matched her as well, first with the red sequins, then with the gold and white outfits for "Waka Waka". Overall, she was bright, fiery, and powerful, and the set design proved parallel to her energy on the stage.

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