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The Rumors Were True: Jennifer Lopez And Shakira Will Perform At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Jennifer Lopez and Sharkia will join forces as Latinx powerhouses to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show. The Halftime show currently holds a precarious place in music history. Once a career milestone for seasoned musicians to showcase their illustrious discographies, the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance has garnered extensive criticism for any artists who affiliate themselves with the organization. 

While Beyoncé was praised for her Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance in 2016. By 2018 Jay Z was pressuring artists to refuse to perform at the event in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick who had been fired for taking a knee during the national anthem to protest anti-blackness. Cardi B and Rihanna notably turned down the offer to perform. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 and Travis Scott were admonished on social media for doing the Halftime Show last year.

However, in 2019, Jay Z shocked fans when he announced a Roc Nation partnership with the NFL. The rapper was met with a massive backlash and functionally labeled a sellout. The NFL’s anti-blackness cast a troubling shadow over what should be a celebratory moment for Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who have earned the iconic status the annual show typically bestows on its performers. It will be up to viewers to decide if the NFL’s prestige is worth what it used to be. Moreover, it will be interesting to see how two prominent non-black Latinx women are contextualized in conversations about anti-blackness, the NFL, and capitalism. 

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to perform at Super Bowl LIV

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira announced on Twitter they would be sharing the stage of the Super Bowl LIV Pepsi Halftime show 

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez said in a statement. “And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th anniversary, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”

The nod to Ross and Latinx solidarity and woman power was a nice touch. The two talented artists seem excited to be working together — finally.

“I’m so honored to be taking on one of the world’s biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the U.S. and all over the world – and to top it off, on my birthday!” Shakira added. “This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime!”

J Lo rumors swirled for months

Earlier this month rumors swirled that Jennifer Lopez, riding the high of her critically acclaimed Hustlers performance, would take on the Halftime show in 2020. Super Bowl LIV will be held in Miami, Florida which is practically a carnal scream for a Latinx artist to take the slot. Lopez’s fiancé Alex Rodriguez grew up in the city, so many felt she would be the perfect pick. 

When Hoda Kotb asked the “Get Right” singer on SiriumXM if she would be doing the show, Lopez simply began to giggle and responded, “I don’t know.” 

In July, Lopez implied that the decision wasn’t entirely up to her but rather the NFL. 

“Yeah, [I’ve] thought about the Super Bowl and it’s in Miami. It’s a big deal, but we’ll see,” Lopez told Entertainment Tonight in July. “They make their own decisions over there [at the NFL].”

While the addition of Shakira comes as a surprise to fans, the pairing has many hyped to see what feels like a historic performance (at a very weird time). 

A precarious time for the Halftime Show

The NFL has faced a new onslaught of criticism that seems to dirty anyone who affiliates with the organization. After pushing quarterback Kaepernick out of the league for quietly acknowledging racism in America, it was revealed many team owners are donors to the racist Trump administration. This is all the more egregious when it is considered that largely black players risk injury and permanent damage to entertain white audiences and play for white team owners. 

Jay Z bears the brunt of the backlash for changing his anti-NFL stance as soon as money entered the equation when he partnered Roc Nation with the organization and veiling the opportunity as a social justice effort. 

Nevertheless, this is Jay Z’s hypocrisy, not Shakira’s or Jennifer Lopez’s — still, it only highlights the sound of crickets heard round the world when many non-black Latinxs are asked to show up for black folks, many of whom are Latinx too. This is what happens when racism is exposed in cultural institutions. It’s not easy to navigate and it is all the more difficult to know how to feel. 

One thing is for sure Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be joining the ranks of musical legends like Beyoncé, Prince, Paul McCartney, and Madonna — and there is no question of whether that is where they rightfully belong. 

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

No doubt, as the Latina Queen of Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez has played the better half of quite a few relationships and not just on-screen. From Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy, to Casper Smart Lopez has been The Strong Woman behind some pretty well-known men.

Her exes Marc Anthony (whom J.L o shares twins Emme and Max, 13 with) and Ben Affleck know it, and in a recent interview, they opened up about what they really think of her.

For her recent May cover of InStyle magazine, Lopez’s feature story included insights from her former loves Anthony and Affleck on everything from her drive to her ageless beauty.

In honor of the singer and actor’s 30-year run in the entertainment industry, the magazine featured her and her most prolific exes. For the interview, both Anthony and Affleck commented on Lopez’s character, heart, and business savvy. “The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen,” Anthony, explained in his interview.

Anthony, a singer and actor who starred in the 2001 film In the Time of the Butterflies was married to Lopez from 2004 to 2014.

“Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she’ll say, ‘You just don’t see it yet.’ Nine times out of 10, she’ll nail it. She’s the first one in the room and the last to leave. The hardest worker I’ve ever met,” Anthony went onto share. “When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since. I learned so much from her. She’s the original!”

Affleck who dated J.LO in 2002 and starred alongside her in the films “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” also spoke openly about Lopez.

“I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” Affleck, whose romance with Lopez earned him the other part of the nickname “Bennifer” by the media, explained.

“She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business,” he revealed, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

At one point Affleck commented, relatably, that he felt J.Lo appeared as if she hadn’t aged since they dated.

“Where are you keeping the fountain of youth? Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s…at best?” he joked.

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Meet Breakout Pop Star Camilo: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘Mis Manos’

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Meet Breakout Pop Star Camilo: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘Mis Manos’

Camilo is back with his new album Mis Manos. The Colombian singer-songwriter branches out into more genres on this 11-track LP.

Camilo was a songwriter before becoming a breakout pop star.

Before breaking out with last year’s Por Primera Vez album, Camilo was most known as a songwriter for other artists’ hits. He had a hand in writing Becky G and Natti Natasha’s 13-times Platinum smash “Sin Pijama” with his brothers-in-law Mau y Ricky. Camilo also wrote on songs like Bad Bunny’s “Si Estuviésemos Juntos,” Karol G and Gloria Trevi’s “Hijoepu*#,” and Lali’s “Sin Querer Queriendo.”

He received a Shakira co-sign early in his career.

In a lead-in to his Por Primera Vez album, Camilo released his breakthrough hit “Tutu” with Pedro Capó that won a Latin Grammy Award last November. Colombian superstar Shakira reached out to Camilo to jump on a remix of the song. He embraced Latin pop with reggaeton music influences on the LP. Por Primera Vez is currently nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop or Urban Album category.

Camilo and his signature handlebar mustache dabble in more diverse sounds on his latest album Mis Manos. Latido Music is here to highlight five of our favorite songs on the album.

“Vida de Rico”

Camilo first teased Mis Manos last year with “Vida de Rico.” His quirky spirit shines through the cute cumbia bop. This was also one of his first songs to go viral on TikTok thanks to the dancing that he did with his wife, Evaluna Montaner. She’s the daughter of Argentine legend Ricardo Montaner. Now Camilo is the most-followed Latin music artist on the platform with over 21.1 million followers.

@camilo

COREO DE #VidaDeRico @evaluna @paumacher (vean mi felicidad al final porque por fin pude hacerla Jajajaja)

♬ Vida de Rico – Camilo

“Tuyo y Mío” with Los Dos Carnales

Camilo took on mariachi music on Por Primera Vez with “La Mitad” featuring Mexican singer Christian Nodal. On Mis Manos, he tackles ranchera music with another Mexican act, Los Dos Carnales. Camilo hits his soulful stride in regional Mexican music and “Tuyo y Mío” is no different. Eso, Camilo!

“Mareado”

Camilo gets turnt in “Mareado.” He interestingly blends tropical music with a mariachi twist, all while enjoying a few chelas. This is definitely a contender for Song of the Summer. The beaches are waiting for this one.

“KESI”

Shakira really shined a light on the traditional Afro-Colombian dance champeta during her Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez. Camilo was seemingly inspired by that because he comes through with the perfect breezy song for dancing the champeta. This is another TikTok dance challenge waiting to happen.

“Machu Picchu” with Evaluna Montaner

After first collaborating with his wife Evaluna on the Por Primera Vez title track, Camilo teams up with her again for the sexy pop bop “Machu Picchu.” Now a year into their marriage, the couple shares some intimate moments together in the music video.

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