Jenny from the Block is smokin’ hot! Jennifer Lopez, 50, pole dances in VERY racy outfits and even tops a cheer squad pyramid for epic Super Bowl half-time show featuring Shakira
- The stars performed during the half-time show as the San Francisco 49ers took on the Kansas City Chiefs
- Before taking to the stage, Jennifer, 50, shared a picture that showed her embracing Shakira, who turned 43 on Sunday during a last minute rehearsal
- J.Lo declared: ‘Let’s show the world what two little Latin girls can do’
- She has called the half-time show a ‘dream come true’ for her
- Demi Lovato performed the US national anthem at the game
Jennifer Lopez delivered an electric performance packed with pole dancing and raunchy outfits during her Super Bowl LIV half time show.
The 50-year-old hit the stage immediately after Shakira, wowing audiences with a medley of her biggest hits including Jenny From The Block, Love Don’t Cost A Thing, and Waiting For Tonight.
Jennifer dazzled audiences with the pole dancing skills she had acquired from her Hustlers training, and even performed a mini duet with her daughter, Emme.
Bringing her A-game! Jennifer Lopez delivered an electric performance full of pole dancing during her epic half-time performance at Super Bowl LIV
Jennifer and Shakira performed the much-hyped half-time show at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, in front of a star-studded crowd that included rapper Jay-Z and his daughter Blue Ivy, Cardi B and model Emily Ratajkowski.
In addition to Emme, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and Colombian performer J Balvin were set to be special guests during the 12-minute performance.
Demi Lovato, 27, kicked off the day by performing the national anthem at the stadium. Lovato, who is is in the midst of a career comeback after suffering a near-fatal drug overdose last year, received high praise on social media after delivering a ‘flawless’ rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Hours before taking to the stage, Lopez shared a picture that showed her hugging Shakira during the last minute rehearsals.
Go Team JLo! The hit-maker stood atop a human pyramid as she climbed down the pole
Having a swinging good time: Lopez flawlessly descended down the pole
Her time to shine! All eyes were on Lopez during her daring dance routine
‘Let’s show the world what two little Latin girls can do,’ she captioned the snap.
Lopez has been prepping for the show for months and the show was a ‘dream come true’ for her.
Just 24 hours before the performance, she told a press conference she’d dreamed of this moment for years.
Stage presence: The pop star worked a silver number while her shirtless backup dancers reached for her
Ready for lift-off: Backup dancers supported the songstress as she climbed down the pole
They’ve got her back! The squad held onto Lopez as she spun upon the pole
Mommy and me duet: Lopez shared the spotlight with her singing daughter Emme
Touchdown! The Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer topped a pyramid of her backup dancers
Razzle dazzle them: The actress showed off the impressive pole skills she had acquired from her Hustlers training
Sexy squad: Dancers flanked JLo as she commanded attention from the pole
Showstopper! The hit-maker wowed viewers as she started off her performance
‘You know, everything happens when it’s supposed to happen,’ she said. ‘There were many years that I thought about doing the Super Bowl and that it was something that I wanted to do and even where I was talked to about it. This is when God choose me to do it.’
‘This is when it was meant to be. This is when it was destined to be and we’re ready and we can’t wait. I can’t wait.’
The singer, whose hits include Waiting for Tonight, I’m Real, Jenny from the Block and others, said she hopes her performance with Colombian singer Shakira inspires and unites people.
Let’s do this: JLo and her leather-clad backup dancers started off her show with a medley of her hits
She’s just Jenny From The Block! The chart-topper was carried on stage as she sang her hits
Serving attitude! Lopez’s dancers scowled towards the audience while clad in leather messenger hats and jackets
‘It’s such a huge platform and you think, “OK, what is it that I want to do?” And to tell you the truth, you know, when I think about sports … and music, those are the two things that really, really bring people together. So, for me, it’s an opportunity to really bring people together in a moment of celebration, in joy, love, in unity and happiness. That’s what I feel that we’re going to provide,’ she said. ‘It really is about love and unity and celebrating the potential in every single person that’s inside of each one of us for all the beautiful things we are.’
Shakira, who was celebrating her birthday on Sunday, added that she had also worked hard for months to prepare for this big moment.
‘The scope of this show is so grand, not just the actual size of the stage but also the size of the audience. I have prepared for months. I’ve trained physically and vocally harder than I ever have before. I don´t take this opportunity for granted,’ the Grammy winner said in a statement to the AP on Sunday. ‘Not only do I want people to have the time of their lives, I want young Latin girls around the world to know this isn´t an accident and this is something they too can achieve. Jennifer and I talked about that a lot. Symbolically this means so much to us.’
With her girls! Lopez’s backup dancers had her back whilst clad in 80s themed gear
Getting right to it! The superstar whipped out a cane for a rendition of Get Right
Girl power! Lopez was carried on stage surrounded by her girl gang
Hitting a high note! Shakira dazzled audiences at the start of the half time show
Whenever, Wherever! The hit-maker sang some of the greatest hits on stage, including Hips Don’t Lie
Lopez, who is from the Bronx, said she is proud to see two Latin hitmakers headline on such a global stage.
‘I’m a woman, I’m Latin and I’m American and I’m proud of all of those things. If you’re going to describe me, I guess, that’s what it is. So, all of those things will be part of the performance for sure. I really hope that it empowers people,’ she said. ‘There is so much that we can achieve, just me and Shakira being on that stage is something where people go, “Yay, anything is possible. We can be up there, too.”‘
Lopez wanted the performance will be both large and warm.
‘The Super Bowl is the holy grail of live performances … so you´re thinking large scale, big moments, but also it still needs to feel very you and very personal and you want some kind of intimate, emotional moments as well. I’ve just been thinking of having a nice balance of the big and the kind of like intimate moments, too,’ she said.
One of the hardest parts, she said, was narrowing down the set list for the show, which will be co-produced by Jay-Z and his Roc Nation company for the first time.
‘Someone was like, “Oh, is it the greatest hits?” I was like, “ALL?”,’ she recalled, laughing.
‘It’s an enjoyable fun set and there was no way to fit in everything people were asking for,’ she continued. ‘But that’s a blessing and at the end of the day, I think what I put together with my team is something that is a lot of fun, a lot of energy (and) super-exciting.’
Dance with me: The 50-year-old had audiences in the palm of her hand as she kicked off her segment of the show
Sing it! Emme belted out Let’s Get Loud alongside a team of youngsters
Proud! The girls joyfully danced alongside a giant Puerto Rican flag
Wearing her heart on her sleeve: The actress, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, was draped in the giant flag
Passing on the torch! Lopez and her little girl took the stage by storm
Double trouble: Lopez performed alongside fellow halftime headliner Shakira
Before the show: J.Lo shared this snap with her fans on Sunday just hours before the show. ‘Let’s show the world what two little Latin girls can do,’ she wrote
Golden ticket: Jay Z to Cardi B, stars at the stadium
Today, America pauses to watch the Super Bowl, and maybe share some nachos. But for the lucky few, they will watch the big game live in the stadium, no television screen required.
And along with a hefty bank balance, nothing opens the doors to the Super Bowl stadium like a celebrity.
Beyonce was seen sharing an adoring smile with her husband Jay-Z while watching the game from the stands of the Hard Rock Stadium.
The rapper was seen larking around with delighted daughter Blue Ivy, eight, who jumped as he took her picture. The music mogul was met with fierce backlash last summer after it was announced that he had teamed up with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, for the ‘Inspire Change’ initiative.
Eyes only for each other: Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce shared an adoring smile from the stands of the Hard Rock Stadium
Watching the game in style! The Crazy In Love hit-maker wore her white retro style sunglasses as she watched the 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs
Thanks dad! Jay-Z larks around with his oldest daughter, eight-year-old Blue Ivy, as they prepare to watch the Super Bowl
And jump! The elementary student strikes a bubbly pose for her father, as he turns snapper; The music mogul was met with fierce backlash after it was announced that he had teamed up with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, for the ‘Inspire Change’ initiative
Catch! Emily Ratajkowski learns football moves from her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard on the field before Super Bowl LIV
Also down on the field was Blurred Lines model turned swimsuit designer Emily Ratajkowski, who larked about with a ball as she learnt a few football moves from her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard.
Others with a seat for the clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, were Cardi B and husband Offset, Eiza Gonzalez, Miles Teller, Paul Rudd, and Jeremy Renner.
Super Bowl baby! Even massive stars like Cardi B and her husband Offset, seen outside the stadium, look excited to watch the big game
Living the dream: As spectators take their seats, Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart stroll on the manicured grass of the field
VIP football fans: Divergent star Miles Teller and Mexican actress and singer Eiza Gonzalez
Boys day out: Paul Rudd, centre, and his son Jack Sullivan Rudd, 16, left, pose with Jeremy Renner
J Lo’s squad: Alex Rodriguez and his daughter Ella Alexander Rodriguez were there to cheer on his wife to be
Football pro: The pair chatted with former New York Giants player Michael Strahan
Having a ball! Paul McCartney arrived to the big game with his wife Nancy Shevell by his side
Are you ready for some football? DJ Khaled was decked out in a Super Bowl bomber jacket
Group photo! Jack Sullivan Rudd, David Osokow, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Miles enjoyed a photo opp by the field
Selfie game strong: Eiza huddled with her pals while assuming photographer duties
‘I better hear no lip-syncing!’: Former Super Bowl super star Lady Gaga’s message to performers
Lady Gaga at a pre-Super Bowl show in Miami on Saturday
Lady Gaga warned she didn’t want to hear any ‘lip-syncing’ at this year’s Super Bowl.
The Born This Way hitmaker performed the US National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, before the NFL championship final between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in 2016, and in 2017, she headlined the Super Bowl LI halftime show.
And the pop superstar had some words of advice for today’s show, which featured Demi Lovato performing the anthem and Shakira and Jennifer Lopez co-headline at half time.
Speaking as she headlined the AT&T TV Super Saturday Night, Gaga told the crowd at the Island Gardens in Miami: ‘I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!’
Gaga then wished the two Latin stars good luck and recalled how performing at the halftime show was ‘one of the most beautiful things’ that has ‘ever happened’ during her career.
She shared: ‘I remember when I played the halftime show and it was one of the most beautiful, special things that ever happened to me.
‘All my love to everyone that is performing and playing tomorrow. I hope they all feel as lucky as I do right now.’
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