Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were the headline acts at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. Making history as the first ever Latinas to lead a performance at the annual event, the two divas brought down the house with a riveting 14-minute spectacle, complete with powerhouse vocals, belly dancing, crowd surfing, tongue wagging, and lots of booty shaking. Not to mention a combined total of eight costume changes, courtesy of Versace and Dundas.
Shakira kicked things off with a disco strut to “She Wolf”, clad in a sparkly fringed two-piece by Norwegian designer Peter Dundas and matching knee-high boots from Dan Life, adorned with more than 123,000 Swarovski crystals in three shades of red, all painstakingly applied by hand. She eventually shed the top layer to show off her enviable abs (and her hips that don’t lie!) as she shimmied to a mix of songs in English and Spanish like “Ojos Así”, “Whenever, Wherever”, and “I Like It”, joined briefly on stage by Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Bad Bunny.
Perched atop a replica of the Empire State Building, Jennifer Lopez opened her set by declaring she is still “Jenny from the Block”, dressed in a bespoke Atelier Versace creation with an asymmetrical pink satin skirt, which she subsequently whipped off to reveal a black, biker-inspired number underneath. Crafted from quality leather and bedecked with gold studs, Medusa accents, and over 75,000 crystals, the costume took the fashion house 900 hours to make.
To a medley of hits spanning her decades-long career, the pop star then showed off her gravity-defying pole dancing skills – proof that she did her own stunts in Hustlers – in a nude-illusion, sheer tulle bodysuit, with strategically-placed silver sequins resembling a mosaic of mirrors. Her backup dancers also wore custom Versace looks, ranging from harness tops to Greca-embellished sportswear and neon green lace skirts.
And while Colombian artist J Balvin made an appearance for “Que Calor” and “Mi Gente”, the most surprising cameo of the night came from J.Lo’s very own daughter Emme, who led a chorus of children for a slowed-down version of “Let’s Get Loud”, adorably attired in a white hoodie, tutu-style skirt, and combat boots by Versace. Lopez, on the other hand, donned a show-stopping cape bearing the Puerto Rican flag on the inside and the American stars and stripes on the outside, made from 40,000 ethically-sourced feathers in red, blue, and white, as well as more scintillating crystals.
The Latina superstars wrapped up their unforgettable performance by joining forces for “Waka Waka”, looking every inch the goddesses they are in coordinated metallic outfits . Shakira matched her aureate crop top and hotpants with a bedazzled gold bomber jacket and crystal-covered Adidas Superstar sneakers, while J.Lo left us all on the floor in awe with a silver Versace bodysuit featuring crystal fringes and leather bondage belts.