“Bigger names have shared that stage, don’t act like someone owes them something.”
Jennifer Lopez is facing backlash after revealing she was unhappy about sharing the stage with artist Shakira at the 2020 Super Bowl.
The duo made a splash at the iconic annual halftime show, with their history-making performance attracting plenty of accolades from fans and celebrities around the world.
Shakira opened with her 2009 hit “She Wolf,” before continuing with a string of her chart-topping tracks such as “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka.”
Then, in the second half of the show, J.Lo drove the audience crazy with one of her biggest hits, including “Jenny From the Block,” “On the Floor,” and her closing hit “Let’s Get Loud,” for So, Shakira joined her.
But it turns out that despite the apparent success of the joint show, J.Lo wasn’t too happy with the NFL’s decision to put her on stage with Shakira, admitting in an upcoming Netflix documentary, halftimewhich she considers the “worst idea in the world”.
The film about Jennifer’s long and multifaceted career premiered earlier this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
As the name suggests, halftime Widespread coverage of Jennifer’s Super Bowl 2020 performance provided audiences with a ton of insider scoops on what’s going on behind the scenes before and after the show.
We now understand that Jennifer was frustrated with the organizers of the halftime show because they gave her and Shakira as much time as any solo performer, rather than double.
For context, halftime performers typically have 12 to 16 minutes on stage. Solo artists of the past, like Weeknd and Beyoncé, used the time to switch from one song to another in a medley style, resulting in a gorgeous roundup of their biggest hits.
However, it is not uncommon for multiple artists to share the stage for performances during this time. For example, in the recent Super Bowl, stars Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent teamed up to put on a great show, each member only getting a few minutes straight into the spotlight .
However, J.Lo was clearly unhappy with the idea of her and Shakira splitting their time between them, telling her music director Kim Burse in her Netflix documentary: “We’re only fucking six minutes. We have a song Songs have 30 seconds, and if we take a minute, that’s it, we’ve got five seconds left. But, we have to sing certain songs. We have to have our singing moments.”
“It’s not going to be a fucking dance drama. We have to sing our message,” she said, before going on to label the whole thing “the worst idea in the world.”
“It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people in the Super Bowl. It’s the worst idea in the world,” she said.
The documentary also shows Jennifer and Shakira discussing how they plan to split their time. “They said 12 minutes. I got a good confirmation that we could take an extra minute or two, so now we’re at 13, 14 minutes. I think, Shakira, what we should have is that you should have half the time, I should [have half],” Jane said.
“If it’s going to be a double headline, they should give us 20 minutes,” she added. “That’s what the fuck they should be doing.”
Meanwhile, Jen’s manager, Benny Medina, also spoke out against the NFL’s decision, calling it an “insult.” “Typically, you have a headline at the Super Bowl,” he said. “That headline builds a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice. Saying you need two Latinos to do what an artist has done historically is an insult.”
Shortly after Jennifer’s comments began to surface online, fans called her “her”have the right” attitude, believing that despite the time constraints, she and Shakira were still able to put on a pretty iconic performance.
Although Jennifer did not comment directly on Shakira, many users were quick to interpret her frustration as a dig at the “Chantaje” singer.
“Bigger names have shared that stage and won’t act like someone owes them something,” another tweeted.
It didn’t take long for fans to be reminded of the stark difference in Jennifer and Shakira’s promotions at the Super Bowl ahead of their performances.
The two artists shared promotional photos on their respective Facebook pages in the weeks leading up to the event. But while Shakira’s photo focuses on the two members, J.Lo only includes herself.
Bringing it up now, one Twitter user wrote: “I remember when she posted a promotional poster with her alone, Shakira posted one with the two of them. The energy was clear from the start.”
However, some users have defended J.Lo, arguing that she has every right to ask for more stage time — not just for her, but for Shakira.
Reporter Tess Garcia wrote: “I’m not a JLo apologist, but in the film, she says she’s unhappy with the NFL booking 2 official headliners but keeping them separate from the 13-minute slot normally allotted to a show.” I’ve seen the doctor many times and I didn’t slander Shakira.”
Agreeing with this sentiment, one Twitter user suggested the stage was “unnecessary” as both artists were able to create memorable performances in their own right.
“Even though their performances are groundbreaking @JLo and @shakira deserve their own halftime show! There’s a reason they’re idols, there’s no need to share the stage! They both have the ability to create unforgettable shows!” they wrote .