The halftime show at the 2020 Super Bowl was a spectacular performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira that amazed the audience. It was an unforgettable moment in history that will be remembered for years to come. However, during a recent screening of her upcoming Netflix documentary Halftime at the Tribeca Film Festival, Jennifer surprised onlookers by expressing her dissatisfaction with sharing the stage.
In the documentary, Jennifer gave instructions to her music director, Kim Burse, about their upcoming performance at the Super Bowl. She stressed that they had a strict time limit of only six minutes, which meant they could only perform for 30 seconds with each song. Jennifer also understood the importance of including certain songs that would allow them to showcase their vocal abilities.
Jeff Kravitz expressed his opinion that a Super Bowl performance should not just be about dancing, but rather convey a message through the music. He also disagreed with the idea of having only two performers and believed it to be a terrible decision.
Let me give you some insight into solo performances. Typically, they tend to run for about 12-16 minutes. As a reference point, Prince’s performance was approximately 12 minutes in length, and Beyoncé’s ran for around 13 minutes.
During the documentary, Jennifer and Shakira were captured on camera chatting amicably about their forthcoming Super Bowl gig. They deliberated over how to best use their time on stage, with Jennifer putting forward a proposal that they divide it equally. Although their original agreement was for a 12-minute slot, Jennifer managed to bargain for an additional minute or two, which would take their overall performance time up to 13 or 14 minutes. She recommended that they split the stage time in half, enabling both performers to showcase their talents and dazzle the audience during the much-anticipated halftime spectacle.
Jennifer vented her annoyance, claiming that if the organizers planned for two primary acts, they should have set aside a minimum of 20 minutes for each performance. She emphasized her point with strong language.
Benny Medina, who has been Jennifer Lopez’s manager for a long time, expressed his dissatisfaction with the NFL’s decision to have two leading performers at the same time. He referred to it as disrespectful and conveyed his annoyance along with Jennifer. This was disclosed in a documentary.
Benny states that it’s typical for the Super Bowl to feature only one main artist who creates the entire show and may opt to have additional guests. He believes that implying the need for two Latina artists to accomplish what was previously done by one artist alone is disrespectful.
Sources indicate that Jennifer Lopez expressed her disappointment with the NFL for not allowing enough time to properly execute her intended performance. However, there seems to be no animosity between Jennifer and Shakira despite sharing the stage together.