Part of the pageantry of the Super Bowl is the halftime show, a tradition that goes back as far as the game itself. The halftime show provides plenty of excitement during the bloated halftime break before the beginning of the second half.
The 2020 Super Bowl halftime show performers are Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. The selection of the two Hispanic pop icons were deemed a perfect fit for Miami, the location of Super Bowl 54. It’s the first Super Bowl halftime show since the NFL partnered with Jay-Z and Roc Nation to lead “the league’s endeavors in music and entertainment.” The show should be an improvement over 2019 when fans questioned the selection of Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi and their performance was widely panned.
Shakira and Lopez, each performing at the Super Bowl for the first time, will join a long list of artists who have been selected to headline the most-watched musical event of the year. Previous halftime performances include Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Prince and Bruno Mars among many others throughout the game’s history. Here’s everything to know about this year’s Super Bowl 54 halftime show, including expected start time and a full list of performances throughout the game’s history.
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are the Super Bowl 54 halftime performers. Neither have performed at the Super Bowl before. There wasn’t as much drama surrounding the selections as there was last year, when Rihanna refused to perform at the show in protest of Colin Kaepernick’s continued absence from the league.
That likely explained why Maroon 5’s press conference in the leadup to the Super Bowl was canceled.
Shakira is a Colombian pop singer whose debut album was released in 1991, when she was 13 years old. Now 42, Shakira and has had four songs in the Billboard Top 10, with one No. 1 hit (Hips Don’t Lie). She first came to prominence in the Latin world singing in Spanish, eventually using English to break through in the United States. Since 2011, Shakira has been married to Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué. The couple has two children together.
Jennifer Lopez is a 50-year-old pop singer and actress from New York. Her first album was released in 1991, including the lead single “If You Had My Love,” which was a No. 1 hit. Lopez has had three more songs reach the top of charts in the years since, along with six more top-10 songs. She’s also taken to the big and small screen, having been nominated for Golden Globes for her work in “Selena” in 1997 and “Hustlers” this year. She is engaged to MLB legend Alex Rodriguez and has twins from her previous marriage with Marc Anthony.
No. The NFL covers the costs of the performance but does not offer any compensation to the artists beyond that. The publicity is enticing enough. Demi Lovato will perform the national anthem in Miami. The 27-year-old New Mexico native got her start as a Disney Channel child star and has continued a career as a pop singer since. Her most famous song, “Sorry Not Sorry,” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard charts in 2017.