Jennifer Lopez and Shakira delivered a historic halftime show at the 2020 Super Bowl LIV last night in Miami. The NFL’s decision to enlist the two Latin heavyweights sparked a little controversy, given their disparate exposure in the English speaking market, but all of the uncertainty was swept away when Shakira took to the field.
The two stars gave a powerful performance that put the athletes (and everyone watching at home) to shame — so much so that ever since fans have been comparing the show to an Olympic opening ceremony in terms of scale and complexity.
Shakira and J-Lo didn’t shy away from politics, either. At around the 11-minute mark in the video below, Lopez’s daughter sang a version of “Let’s Get Loud” from behind a glowing cage, and across the field, more children sang from solitary cages. These cages allude to the Trump administration’s current U.S.-Mexico border policy and the brutal policy of removing children from their families.
During “Let’s Get Loud” an overhead shot of the stadium revealed a giant cross, which lit up in purple and yellow, the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers. Shakira and Lopez had previously stated that their performance would include a heartfelt tribute to the late Laker’s star, Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter accident the previous Sunday. For some, however, this tribute was too subtle.
Watch the performance below and scroll down for all the best memes and reactions.