- In her Netflix documentary “Halftime”, Jennifer Lopez said that sharing the halftime show with Shakira was “the worst idea ever”.
- “If it was going to be a double headline, they should have given us 20 minutes,” she told Shakira.
- NFL representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Jennifer Lopez didn’t hide her feelings about sharing the 2020 Super Bowl halftime stage with Latin pop star Shakira in her new
documentary “Halftime,” which premiered at the Tribeca Festival on Wednesday night.
In a scene planning his half of the performance with his music director Kim Burse, Lopez said it was “the worst idea in the world” to have two people share the main seat of the halftime show, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
“We’ve got six damn minutes,” Lopez said in the film according to Entertainment Weekly, noting that it gave her very little time to sing a good chunk of any song, though she had a few hits she needed to include on the show. “We have to have our singing moments. It’s not going to be a fucking magazine dance. We have to sing our message.”
“This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,” continued the “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” singer.
In another scene in the film, Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina supported his client’s feelings.
“Usually you have a headliner at a Super Bowl. That headliner builds a show, and if they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice,” Medina told Entertainment Weekly. “It was an insult to say that you needed two Latinas to do the work that an artist has historically done.”
Entertainment Weekly noted that when artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga topped the Super Bowl in 2012 and 2017, respectively, they were each given more than 13 minutes to perform solo.
In the first scenes of “Halftime”, Lopez and Shakira are shown in the early stages of planning their performance. Lopez said unnamed parties in the NFL told her they would have about 12 minutes to perform all together, but that the duration could likely be increased by a minute or two.
The 2020 Super Bowl halftime show lasted about 14 minutes in total, giving Lopez and Shakira about seven minutes each to perform a selection of their greatest hits.
“If it was going to be a double title, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said.
NFL representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some viewers weren’t happy about the 2020 halftime show either for a different reason.
As reported by CNN, there was also controversy following the performance. According to the network, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received 1,312 complaints after submissions from people saying the show was “inappropriate, especially for children.”
Some of the complaints noted that “Lopez was so scantily dressed” and some viewers took issue with the fact that the “Jenny From the Block” singer danced on a pole during her part of the show, CNN reported.
Lopez has continually addressed the struggles she has faced throughout her career as a Latin actress, dancer and pop star.
In an interview published in February, she told Rolling Stone: “I think I’m an underdog. I always feel like I was struggling from below. Always.”
“I always felt like I wasn’t the one who should be in the room,” continued the mother of two.
The “Hustlers” star was honored with a Generation Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday. During her speech, she acknowledged the people who made her path to success more difficult.
“Since you can’t create the truth unless you’ve actually lived it, I have a different kind of ‘thank you’ list tonight,” Lopez said. “I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the ones who broke my heart, the ones who were true and the ones who lied to me. I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way that I lied to myself because that’s how I knew I had to grow up.”
“I want to thank the disappointment and failure for teaching me to be strong and my kids for teaching me to love,” the “Selena” actor continued.
“Halftime” is available to stream on Netflix on June 14.