Everyone is in GRAMMY mode, but let’s move past music’s biggest night this weekend to football’s biggest night next weekend. Sure the San Francisco’s 49ers and Kansas City’s Chiefs are playing at Super Bowl LIV, but the ones we are looking forward to playing are Jennifer Lopez and Shakira during halftime.
Both ladies have great careers with songs that fuse English and Spanish roots. They have been at it for over 20 years, and both have a vast catalogue of songs that could create one of the best halftime shows ever. The question is: what songs will they perform in the 12 minutes they have together?
Well, I can’t for sure predict what they will do exactly as almost anything and everything is possible. However, I can definitely share with you what a dream yet realistic setlist would look like.
The Dream & Predicted Setlist
I can see Jennifer Lopez quickly taking us down memory lane with a quick couple of minutes of her hits ‘Get Right,’ ‘If You Have My Love’ and ‘Waiting For Tonight,’ the latter full of lasers and what not. It needs to stay iconic.
Shortly after, Shakira could pop up on stage to do a little bit of her hit ‘Whenever, Wherever,’ and ‘She Wolf’ – maybe wrap this portion up with a 30-second bellydancing moment to her Spanish hit ‘Ojos Asi.’ JLo could then go on stage to dance to something like ‘Booty’ or ‘El Anillo’ so they can have a dance-off.
Here we would get the special guests moments.
Considering this is taking place in Miami and how instrumental she was in both of the singers’ careers, it would be a no-brainer for Gloria Estefan to come out. While she has denied she would show up, I just won’t believe it until I see she’s not there. This would be a perfect time for all three women to sing and dance to a mashup of Gloria’s ‘Conga’ and JLo’s ‘Let’s Get Loud.’
From here, Estefan and Jennifer would disappear from the stage and Shakira would be joined by Wyclef Jean for just the first verse and chorus from ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ Then, Miami’s Pitbull could come out to do a little bit of ‘On The Floor’ with Jennifer. This could transition to a massive, epic ending where they go back-and-forth from ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ and ‘On The Floor’ to close it out.
That seems like a realistic yet fun setlist. Of course there are many other options such as bringing out Marc Anthony, Beyonce, or Maluma, slowing it down to songs like ‘Underneath Your Clothes’ and ‘All I Have,’ and maybe even doing some gems like ‘Beautiful Liar,’ ‘Jenny From The Block,’ or ‘Don’t Bother.’
The possibilities are endless.
Peter Stavros is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bops And Bangers. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.