Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl Performance A Celebration of Heritage

Story by Emma DeLaRosa, Staff Writer/Co-Editor

As the first Latinas to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, two of the world’s biggest stars, gave a spectacular performance.

Shakira performed first and sang a medley of her hit songs, featuring guests such as Bad Bunny. Then, Jennifer Lopez made her appearance and performed a medley of her popular songs, ending with the two sharing the stage. Other special guests were J Balvin and Lopez’s daughter, Emme Maribel Muñiz.

The performance was so successful because both Shakira and Lopez incorporated a variety of dances and messages that had a lasting impact on the audience. Much of this impact was because of the cultural and political elements of the performance. Shakira and Lopez were the first Latinas to headline the Super Bowl and included their own cultural backgrounds in the show. Shakira did so by dancing a traditional Colombian dance “Champeta” and Lopez did so by wearing a cape that had the United States flag and Puerto Rican flag on either side.

Viewers of the show also speculated political messages in Lopez’s performance when there were children on the stage sitting in structures that resembled cages that possibly represent the children who are detained at the Mexican-American border. This is especially because Lopez incorporated the introduction to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” during this part of the show.

This is not the first time that an artist has used the Super Bowl Halftime Show to deliver a political message. In 2017, the show was headlined by Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay, and Beyonce used her performance to support Black Lives Matter and faced some backlash for doing so. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s political messages were not as overt, but it has definitely caused conversation on social media and in the news.

The Super Bowl Halftime Show this year was a celebration of different cultures and was well-performed by the headliners, making it one to remember.