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5 important questions from the riveting Lopez-Shakira Super Bowl halftime show

  • Author: Emily Yahr, The Washington Post
  • Updated: February 3
  • Published February 2

Shakira, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira teamed up on Sunday night to become the first two Latina singers to perform together during a Super Bowl halftime show, and it was a spectacle. Here are five very important questions you might have had from a truly riveting, wildly entertaining performance:

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1. Was J-Lo making a statement about her Oscar snub with the pole dancing?

J-Lo had a career-defining performance as a stripper/con woman in "Hustlers," and there was Oscar buzz for months . . . but then she was left off the list for best supporting actress. So, it's somewhat reasonable to think that J-Lo might have been making a reference to the movie when she started her set on a pole, kicking things off with "Jenny From the Block" before launching into other smashes including "Waiting for Tonight" and "Love Don't Cost a Thing." Later, she climbed back onto the pole for a few more incredibly athletic moves in a silver cut-out bodysuit that no doubt sent many viewers scrambling to their phones to ask, "Seriously, how old is J-Lo?!?" (She's 50, by the way.)

Jennifer Lopez performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Jennifer Lopez performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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2. Was that J-Lo’s daughter?

Yes! It was. Readers of the tabloids might know that J-Lo has 11-year-old twins with her ex Marc Anthony, and it was young Emme who took the stage for "Let's Get Loud" with a children's choir.

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3. So what will the reaction be to the U.S. and Puerto Rican flag moment?

It's hard to get more polarizing than when musicians make political statements at the Super Bowl - and this one wasn't subtle: As the choir sang "Born in the USA," J-Lo whipped open her United States flag cape to reveal that the inside was the Puerto Rico flag. As a reminder, before the game, J-Lo said "Two Latinas doing this in this country at this time is just very empowering to us," while Shakira (who kicked off her portion of the show with "Hola Miami!") stated, "It's very important for us to convey a message of unity and also to show what a relevant force the Latin community is in this country."

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Singer Shakira performs, during the halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs', Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

4. What was with the rope?

In case you didn't know, Shakira is famous for her rope dancing during "Whenever, Wherever" on tour. And she demonstrated some incredible dance moves on her own as she ticked off hits including "She Wolf" and "Hips Don't Lie."

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5. Was that an Ali G tribute?

Guest stars during the show included J Balvin, who sang “Mi Gente” with J-Lo, and Bad Bunny, who joined Shakira for “I Like It” in an all-silver ensemble that reminded some people of a certain Sacha Baron Cohen character. We’re guessing it was a coincidence.

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