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Let's get loud: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show

The two superstars will headline the February 2020 show, produced by Roc Nation

Jennifer Lopez, left, and Shakira will perform at next year's Super Bowl. AP
Jennifer Lopez, left, and Shakira will perform at next year's Super Bowl. AP

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the entertainment for the Super Bowl half-time show next year, the National Football League has announced.

The performance, which will take place on Sunday, February 2, will be the first produced by Jay-Z's Roc Nation entertainment company, in conjunction with Pepsi. The NFL formed a partnership with Roc Nation in August, part of its Inspire Change initiative formed in the wake of the controversy surrounding players, notably Colin Kaepernick, taking a knee during the national anthem at games.

According to Billboard, Rihanna rejected an offer to perform at the last Super Bowl in solidarity with Kaepernick. The quarterback hasn't played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began protesting social issues by kneeling during the anthem.

Lopez said in a statement released by the league: "Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Half-time Show [in 1996], I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl. And now it's made even more special not only because it's the NFL's 100th anniversary, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can't wait to show what us girls can do on the world's biggest stage."

Shakira added in a statement: "I'm so honoured to be taking on one of the world's biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the US and all over the world – and to top it off, on my birthday. This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime."

The half-time show at the 2019 Super Bowl featured Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi.

With the 2020 game to be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, the Miami area will host a Super Bowl for a record 11th time.

Since the NFL transitioned from having marching bands and other minor entertainers perform at Super Bowl half-time to booking superstars, the list of Miami Super Bowl entertainers includes Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett (1995), Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder (1999), Prince (2007) and The Who (2010).

Updated: September 28, 2019 03:31 PM

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