Hips may not lie, but can it really be true that Shakira is co-headliner of the Super Bowl rest time with Jennifer Lopez?
When I first saw the Super Bowl LIV promo image of the Colombian singer and the Bronx diva together on J.Lo’s Instagram – yes, I follow her and not Shakira – I had to rub a few times in disbelief that Lopez was not The headliner only. But every time I opened them again, Shaki was still there and she looked strange in the image, as if due to a bad Photoshop job.
The announcement on Thursday that these two Latina stars would share the highest billing on February 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, upset me. And not in the good way that their booties can.
It just doesn’t make sense. La Lopez is in the middle of an important moment. Since taking over the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2018 – when she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and performed a hit-heavy medley that changed the VMAs to “The J.Lo Show” – she has closed her successful residency in Vegas with a star in the romantic comedy ‘Second Act’, brought a Motown tribute to the Grammy, got engaged to the former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, took her ‘It’s My Party’ tour on the road and turned 50 in fierce, fantastic style.
The recent role of Lopez has picked up steam this month: now there is the buzz that she will get her first Oscar nomination for her stripper in “Hustlers”. And when she stopped Milan Fashion Week by running the Versace Spring 2020 show in a re-creation of that iconic green jungle dress, she proved that she is able to reveal even more skin in her 50s.
Meanwhile, Shakira’s biggest claim to American fame in recent years has probably been her forgettable stint as a coach on “The Voice.” Her recording career on the English-speaking market has not been the same ever since, well, the last decade, when she crossed over with hits such as “Whenever, Where,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” and “She Wolf.”
Of course, Shakira’s music career has been much greater and better when it comes to its Spanish-language output. No doubt: she is a Latin icon.
And with the Super Bowl taking place in Miami – where there is a large Spanish-speaking population – it makes perfect sense to have a head act that has recorded in both English and Spanish. But Shakira is not the only one who has done that; Lopez has that too.
In the end this is just J.Lo’s time. Sorry, Shaki, but Jenny doesn’t need you in her block.