Jennifer Lopez Reveals Fights Over Super Bowl with NFL, Over Co-Headlining with Shakira In Doc

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Jennifer Lopez opens up about her experience co-headling the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira in her new Netflix documentary, “Halftime,” and it’s safe to say there were a number of headaches for both stars as they shared the stage.

In the documentary, out today on the streamer, Lopez expressed her frustration over having to co-headline — making it clear it was nothing against Shakira, but the fact neither of them were allowed to do it solo.

During an interview in the doc, the singer’s manager Benny Medina echoed Lopez’s thoughts of having two headliners instead of one solo performer, calling it an “insult.”

“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.”

As Lopez and Shakira worked through the timing of the performance, Lopez admitted she was frustrated with their shorter set.

“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 said to Lopez.

“Let me address that really quick. They said 12 minutes,” Lopez replied. “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].”

The “Hustlers” star went on to bluntly add: “If it was going to be a double-headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes.” She continued, “There’s an amazing opportunity here to show who we are as performers, but also show who we are as a community and also bring the world together, we can bring everybody together in this moment.”

Though she tried to get Springsteen, she eventually settled on having daughter Emme sing a few lines from the song instead. “I started thinking my daughter could sing ‘Born in the USA’ in the finale,” she explained, “I thought that it’s so much more powerful if Emme sings ‘Born in the USA’ as a little young Latina girl.”

And that’s exactly what happened — she and Emme sang it mashed up with “Let’s Get Loud,” before Shakira joined Lopez to finish out the performance.

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