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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira had arguably one of the best Super Bowl halftime performances ever, so it’s surprising to think that this show almost didn’t happen because J.Lo thought it was the ” worst idea in the world.
In Jennifer’s upcoming Netflix documentary, half timewhich premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Festival on Wednesday, the singer revealed all the obstacles she faced in bringing her vision to life.
By USA today, hurdles arose after the NFL announced in September 2019 that J.Lo would co-host the halftime show with Shakira. Jennifer’s team was furious, arguing that the NFL was suggesting Latina women didn’t have enough stage presence to put on the solo show.
During a scene in the film, Jennifer tells Shakira on the phone, “If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 [damn] minutes.” Both women were given six minutes to showcase their songs during the 12-minute performance.
“It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl,” Jennifer remarked while crafting the songs she wanted to perform.
The Grammy winner also clashed with NFL executives over the images she wanted to have in her decor – mainly the giant symbol of the goddess Venus and having children in cages to protest the administration’s separation Trump of immigrant families at the border.
Jennifer was pressured hours before the show to remove them, but she held her ground.
Elsewhere in half timethe documentary looks at the disappointment the singer felt when she failed to win an Oscar for her outstanding performance in the 2019 film Hustlers, as well as his performance as President Joe BidenInauguration in January 2021.
half time begins streaming on Netflix on June 14.
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