2020 Super Bowl LIV Halftime Highlights. The fashion, the fame, the messages.

2020 Super Bowl LIV Halftime Highlights. The fashion, the fame, the messages.

The Kansas City Chiefs were not the only winners at Super Bowl LIV last night. The two stylish Latina megastars, JLo and Shakira, took to the stage and transformed the field into their own dance floor during the Halftime show. The show last night included medleys of both superstars’ hits, scores of backup dancers, costume changes, and a children’s choir. Even JLo’s daughter, Emme made her debut premiere by performing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” alongside her mother while flaunting a beautiful cape with the Puerto Rican flag on one side and the American flag on the other.

JLo and daughter, Emme, during debut performance at the Super Bowl.

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Strong in Latino representation, Super Bowl talent last night also included Demi Lovato, who is of Mexican descent, giving a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Los Tigres Del Norte, a Mexican-American Norteño band, kicked off the Spanish Language Simulcast of the game. Finally, Shakira and JLo were joined by Bad Bunny and J Balvin, two popular Latin Artists who sang in Spanish on the iconic stage. Latinos all over the nation expressed their gratitude this morning for the inclusion, and in watching last night’s show, expressed feeling more pride this year than any other halftime shows in the past. Others also commented on the passionate nod to political statements made by the latin superstars and hoped that it would stir more awareness and compassion than controversy in the overall battle for equality.

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The show began with Shakira welcoming the crowd with a “Hola Miami.” She brought electricity to the Hard Rock Stadium with her high energy performance last night, dripping in a red, crystal, two-piece set. In her classic Hips Don’t Lie style, she danced as the world watched on, singing and proving her the superstardom as the Super Bowl crowds went wild. She had a playfulness with the camera, including with a meme worthy moment as she tapped into her Arabic roots with a high pitched warble known as zaghrouta, as fireworks and backup dancers fueled the excitement of the performance.

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The camera then spotlit to JLo, who as usual, appears to defy the laws of aging. Looking fierce as ever, she brought her signature costume changes, her own dancing skills, and her exceptional voice to the stage. Before the show, JLo wrote on her Instagram “I am so excited to share the stage with you tonight.” referring to Shakira. “Let’s show the world what two little Latin girls can do.”

The two joined forces at the end and managed to raise the bar yet again. They escalated the performance by having Emmy, JLo’s daughter, lead the children’s choir. JLo then suddenly appeared on stage, draped in a giant flag coat. One side featured the red, white, and blue of Puerto Rico and the other side featured the red, white, and blue of the United States, sending a message of unity and support to those who are still suffering during this trying time on the island. Government employees report tears of gratitude for the enormous public display as 3.2 million U.S. citizens are still recovering from a devastating hurricane and major 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

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Having this kind of visibility is important to showcase, especially when Latinos are often spotlighted in a negative light. By having the two Latina superstars and the many Latino guests that performed last night, it is just a reminder that Latinos play a significant role American culture and that Latino culture is every bit as American as the Super Bowl itself. Controversial or not, their performances spoke volumes, for themselves, for others and the true meaning of what it is to be an American.

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Krystal Navarro
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Krystal is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. Krystal Navarro is a true fashionista at heart. She thrives off of making people look and feel good through fashion. She is passionate about connecting people with opportunities that is related in the fashion field. Currently, she is a senior in pursuit of a Fashion Merchandise with a minor in Business Administration and Marketing degree from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is an advocate for the growing fashion industry in San Antonio and hopes to be a key player in it.