Lopez, Shakira to headline Su­per Bowl half­time show

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NEW YORK (AFP) — Multi-faceted sen­sa­tion Jen­nifer Lopez on Thurs­day an­nounced she and pop star Shakira would headline the Na­tional Football League’s Su­per Bowl half­time show in Mi­ami in Fe­bru­ary.

The 50-year-old Lopez — who is cur­rently bask­ing in the suc­cess of her much-lauded per­for­mance in the re­cently re­leased film “Hustlers” — dropped the news in a tweeted photo of her and Shakira, sport­ing match­ing metal­lic gold tube tops and black leather pants, say­ing with emojis that they were go­ing to “set the world on fire.”

“It doesn’t get any big­ger than this! So ex­cited about get­ting on that #Su­perBowlLIV” stage tweeted Shakira. The NFL con­firmed the news on Twit­ter.

The Latina su­per­stars will be part of the NFL’s bid to re­build its em­bat­tled half­time show — one of pop mu­sic’s most vis­i­ble gigs — which last year strug­gled to se­cure per­form­ers over the treat­ment of for­mer San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick.

Kaeper­nick, who has not played in the NFL since opt­ing out of his con­tract with the San Fran­cisco 49ers in March 2017, be­gan kneel­ing in protest of so­cial in­jus­tice and racial in­equal­ity dur­ing pre-ga me ren­di­tions of the U.S. na­tional an­them three years ago.

The move be­came a talk­ing point for Don­ald Trump in Septem­ber 2017, with the U.S. pres­i­dent say­ing the play­ers were in­sult­ing the na­tion and should be fired.

The 2019 half­time show saw the per­for­mance slot go from highly cov­eted to largely un­wanted, with prom­i­nent artists in­clud­ing Ri­hanna, P!nk and Cardi B re­port­edly turn­ing it down over Kaeper­nick’s plight.

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Jen­nifer Lopez, left, and Shakira

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