Jennifer Lopez Says Sharing Super Bowl Stage With Shakira Was 'Worst Idea In The World'

Jennifer Lopez has branded her 2020 Super Bowl performance with Shakira as the "worst idea in the world."
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In her Netflix documentary, Halftime, the 52-year-old singer is seen in rehearsals with her music director Kim Burse. She appears to be stressed over the time constraints she is under.

“We have six f***ing minutes,” Lopez said at the time, according to Entertainment Weekly. “We have 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we’ve got five left. But there’s got to be certain songs that we sing, though. We have to have our singing moments. It’s not going to be a dance f***ing revue. We have to sing our message.”
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on February 2, 2020. Sipa US / Alamy
“This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl,” she continued. “It was the worst idea in the world.”

Earlier in documentary, Lopez is shown with Shakira as they discuss their upcoming performance and the logistics of it.

"I know that the Super Bowl people want us to be weaved throughout the show. I haven't had a confirmation about how many minutes I'm going to have," Shakira tells Lopez, who responds: "Let me address that really quick. They said 12 minutes. I got kind of a good confirmation that we could have an extra minute or two, so now we're at, like, 13, 14 minutes. I think, Shakira, what we should have is you should have half the time and I should [have half]."

"If it was going to be a double-headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes," Lopez finishes. "That's what they should've f***ing done."

In an interview for the documentary, Lopez's longtime manager Benny Medina shares his frustrations over the decision to have two Latina megastars perform during a shared slot.

"Typically, you have one headliner at a Super Bowl. That headliner constructs a show, and, should they choose to have other guests, that's their choice," Medina said. "It was an insult to say you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist historically has done."

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