- In her Netflix documentary “Halftime,” Jennifer Lopez said sharing the halftime show with Shakira was “the worst idea in the world.”
- “If it was going to be a double headliner, 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 hold back her feelings about sharing the 2020 Super Bowl halftime stage with fellow Latinx pop star Shakira in her new
documentary “Halftime,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night.
In a scene planning her performance half with her musical director Kim Burse, Lopez said it was “the worst idea in the world” to have two people co-headlining the halftime show, as reports Entertainment Weekly.
“We have six fucking minutes,” Lopez said in the film according to Entertainment Weekly, noting that that left her with very little time to sing a good chunk of any song, although she did have a few hits that she had to include in the show. “We need to have our singing moments. This won’t be a fucking dance revue. We need to sing our message.”
“It’s the worst idea in the world to have two people for the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,” continued the interpreter of “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”.
In another scene from 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 said, per Entertainment. Weekly. “It was an insult to say it took two Latinas to do the work that an artist has done historically.”
Entertainment Weekly noted that when artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga headlined the Super Bowl in 2012 and 2017 respectively, they each had over 13 minutes to perform solo.
In the opening scenes of “Halftime,” Lopez and Shakira are shown in the early stages of planning their performance. Lopez said anonymous NFL parties told her they would have about 12 minutes to play together, but the length could probably 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 headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said.
NFL representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some viewers were also unhappy with the 2020 halftime show for a different reason.
As CNN reported, there was also controversy following the performance. According to the network, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received 1,312 complaints after people claimed 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 continuously addressed the struggles she’s faced throughout her career as a Latinx 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’m starting from the bottom. Always.”
“I always felt like I wasn’t the one who was supposed to be in the room,” the mother-of-two continued.
The “Hustlers” star received 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 harder.
“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 those who broke my heart, those who were true and those who lied to me. I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way I lied to myself because that’s how I knew I had to grow up.”
“I want to thank 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.