The halftime show during the 2020 Super Bowl was truly remarkable, thanks to the sensational performances by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira that left the audience spellbound. This memorable event will be etched in our memories forever. However, during the screening of her upcoming Netflix documentary, Halftime, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Jennifer Lopez surprised viewers with her candid confession about feeling unhappy about sharing the stage.
In the documentary, Jennifer gave clear directions to her music director Kim Burse about the limited time they had for their performance. They only had six minutes to impress the audience, which meant they could only spend 30 seconds on each song. Jennifer was aware that every second counts and taking even a minute away from their performance would make a significant difference. Nonetheless, she also recognized the importance of including certain songs that allowed them to showcase their singing abilities.
According to Jeff Kravitz, a successful Super Bowl performance should not just be a dance spectacle. Singers should also convey powerful messages through their songs. He strongly believes that having only two performers is a terrible idea and probably the worst one ever.
As a point of reference, most solo performances typically range from 12 to 16 minutes. To provide some context, Prince’s solo lasted roughly 12 minutes and Beyoncé’s lasted around 13 minutes.
The documentary featured a pleasant conversation between Jennifer and Shakira as they planned their performance for the Super Bowl. They talked about how they would divide their time on stage, and Jennifer suggested an equal split. Although they had initially agreed on 12 minutes, Jennifer was able to negotiate for a bit more, giving them a total of 13 or 14 minutes. To ensure that both of them would have a chance to shine, she proposed that they each take half of the allotted time.
Jennifer vented her annoyance, arguing that if the organizers planned for two main performers, they should have given them a minimum of 20 minutes to showcase their talent. She added some colorful language to drive home her point.
During a documentary, Benny Medina, who has been Jennifer Lopez’s manager for many years, expressed his disappointment with the NFL’s decision to book two headlining acts simultaneously. He believed that this was an insult and was frustrated by the decision, as was Jennifer Lopez.
Benny thinks that it’s typical for the Super Bowl to feature a single headlining performer who takes charge of the show and has the option to invite additional guests. He considers it offensive to imply that two Latina performers are essential to fulfill the duties that one artist has traditionally handled independently.
Sources have revealed that Jennifer Lopez was mostly disappointed with the NFL for not allowing sufficient time to bring her envisioned performance to life. It seems that there is no animosity between Jennifer and Shakira despite sharing a stage together.