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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira bring Latin magic to Super Bowl halftime show

Shakira and J.Lo co-headlined a frenetic and pulsating show in Miami
Shakira and J.Lo co-headlined a frenetic and pulsating show in Miami Credit: ELSA/GETTY IMAGES

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez delivered a colourful display of Latin pride during their much-anticipated Super Bowl half-time show.

The pop superstars took to the stage in Miami, Florida, during the biggest event in the US sporting calendar, the first time two Latina woman have headlined the show.

The performance did not disappoint and contained hit songs, fireworks, a small army of backing dancers and a cameo from J-Lo's 11-year-old daughter.

Colombian singer Shakira, 43, kicked off the performance, taking to the stage inside the cavernous Hard Rock Stadium wearing a sparkling red dress.

She belted out a medley of some of her biggest songs, including Empire, She Wolf and Whenever, Wherever, singing in both Spanish and English.

J.LO's medley was brilliant choreographed Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

As fireworks illuminated the Miami night sky, the opening bars of Cardi B's smash hit I Like It rang out before Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny joined Shakira on stage.

Shakira then went crowd surfing during her track Hips Don't Lie.

That was Lopez's cue to take to the stage. The Bronx-born star, 50, arrived on a pole, a reminder of her acclaimed turn in stripper drama Hustlers.

Dressed in black leather, she opened with a snippet of her hit Jenny From The Block before changing song and outfit.

J.Lo, now in a silver bodysuit, got back on the pole for a performance of Waiting For Tonight and was soon joined by Colombian singer J Balvin for Love Don't Cost A Thing.

In a show of pride for her Puerto Rican roots, Lopez was then draped in the country's flag while singing Born In The USA.

To wrap up the performance, during the interval of the season-ending game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, Lopez was joined for a duet of Let's Get Loud by her 11-year-old daughter, Emme.

Shakira returned for Waka Waka, her anthem for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Before kick-off, gospel singer Yolanda Adams performed America The Beautiful, while pop star Demi Lovtato sang The Star Spangled Banner, the US national anthem.

That's a wrap!

You can follow the rest of the game with our live blog here - thanks for joining us for another bonkers halftime show.

Halftime show - in pictures

Shakira raced through Hips Don't Lie and Whenever, Wherever Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
J.Lo showed off her impressive back-catalogue with renditions of Waiting For Tonight and Love Don't Cost A Thing Credit: LARRY W SMITH/EPA/REX
Shakira kicked off the show in Miami Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
J.Lo was joined by Bad Bunny Credit: Patrick Semansky/AP
The pair united on stage for a finale that included Born In The USA Credit: SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS
The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens was lit up Credit: TANNEN MAURY/EPA/REX

 

Reaction: Twitter's hot takes

The Internet being the Internet, some of the reactions to the show are in and as marvellous as you would expect:

 

It got Kim's approval

 

Latin fever!

Given the closest I've ever been to Latin America is... well, listening to Shakira, it's not really aimed at me. But that was all a bit derivative, wasn't it? Not that the NFL could ever be accused of a cynical ploy to paint itself as culturally diverse. No siree.

 

Shakira is playing the drums!

Is there nothing this woman can't do? We get a brief sniff of Springsteen's Born In The USA... Now both women are on stage and it's a fiesta of gold and arm waving! 

J.LO brings the hits

Now she leaps into Waiting For Tonight and goodness me, what a belter this is. Backed by green lasers and in a silver bodysuit, she's spinning on a big pole. And why not? Now for some Love Don't Cost A Thing. Now lots of very angry men are dancing... *at* her? Here's a chap called Bad Bunny.

Either/Or

There are a lot of chaps behind her dancing in black and white split waistcoats, no doubt a comment on the duality of man. Two sides to every football match, etc. Very clever, Jennifer. Now she's on a pole!

Here's J.LO

She starts with Jenny From The Block...

Fireworks and shiny things!

Hips Don't Lie just about brings down the stadium. Red fireworks fire into the sky and that's it... An impactful five minutes, and no mistake. 

It's Whenever, Wherever!

What a cracker this song is, too. This is a rapid medley - we're getting about four or five different choruses. Now J Balvin has turned up in all silver. Looks a bit like a shiny microphone. 

Breaking news

Her hips are not lying.

Here we go...

Shakira kicks us off with She Wolf, wearing in a very Red-Woman-from-Game-of-Thrones number. Let's be as clear as we can here: this song is absolute banger. Big close-ups from the director. Now she's got a red guitar! This is fabulous.

Google's commercial

The tech giant released their Super Bowl commercial and it's a real heartstring-tugger. 

 

Things we will probably see in the halftime show

  • Pitbull. He’s ubiquitous, isn’t he? And he's also from Miami.
  • Alex Rodriguez, aka A-Rod, is J-Lo’s husband, one of baseball’s all-time greats and he also works for Fox, who are broadcasting the game
  • A tribute to Kobe Bryant
  • Something Miami Vice-related

It's not all fun and games

The Super Bowl, particularly in election year, is a chance to score political points, too. Donald Trump has already released his ad, which is set to have cost his campaign a cool $6 million.

 

The national anthem

The national anthem was performed by Demi Lovato in, as is typical for the Super Bowl, understated style...

Demi Lovato kicked off the game with The Star-Spangled Banner Credit: LARRY W SMITH/EPA/REX

 

Ad break

A big part of Super Bowl show are the commercials. This year's have not disappointed.

Here's Bill Murray reprising his role in Groundhog Day for Jeep:

And I bet you'd never realised how much you wanted to see MC Hammer eating Cheetos until now:

Let's get the party started

We're a few minutes away from the halftime show. Down the years some iconic names have appeared, including Prince, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Katy Perry and Beyonce. 

We run down the best - and excruciating worst - of the Super Bowl halftime show here. Warning: may contain nipple. 

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004 caused national controversy Credit: Elise Amendola/AP