Video and photos: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira bring Latin flair to Super Bowl LIV in Miami
MIAMI, Florida - Jennifer Lopez and Shakira brought the heat to Sunday night's Super Bowl LIV halftime show.
The big game between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers took place in Miami this year, so it's fitting that the global pop music superstars' first performance together also marked the first time two Latinas stars seized the Super Bowl halftime stage together.
Prior to Sunday night, Gloria Estefan was the only Latina to headline the famous halftime show.
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The performance mingled English and Spanish, and the clip of Shakira's joyful ululation - a high-pitched trilling that sent her tongue waggling - had already become a popular meme on social media by halfway through the third quarter.
The incendiary nonstop medley of J.Lo and Shakira's biggest hits, mashed up with a couple of classic rock favorites, also was significant because of the age of the stars: Lopez, 50, and Shakira, 43, showed that "women of a certain age" can still sing, play instruments, dance and practically defy gravity - and look quite sexy doing it.
The performance featured special guest appearances by rappers J Balvin and Bad Bunny, Lopez’s 11-year-old daughter Emme and a children's choir. The medley sampled Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," and there was a brief guitar solo by someone who looked an awful lot like Zeppelin guitar god Jimmy Page.
Lopez - perhaps in a nod to her Oscar-snubbed but still-acclaimed turn in the film "Hustlers" - performed a couple of dance sequences on poles, although her moves were more akin to an aerial dancer's than to a stripper's.
Although the performance has been criticized by some as being too provocative, it's important to remember that this is the NFL, where men in skintight pants tackle each other for multimillion-dollar paychecks - and each team pays a bevy a pretty of young women a fraction of that to jump and gyrate to "cheer on" the guys every Sunday.
I'm not saying it's wrong if someone found the halftime performance too provocative - everybody has their own level for that sort of thing. But let's not pretend that J.Lo and Shakira just introduced the concept of women shaking their thing in tight, revealing clothing to the bastion of modesty and wholesomeness that is the NFL and its audiences. It's not like the cheerleaders wear hoop skirts and petticoats during the regular season, after all.