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Jennifer Lopez to perform in Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira

2019-09-26

There will plenty of blocks in the game, and Jenny from the Block at halftime.

Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show, alongside Shakira, the NFL announced Thursday.

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez, the 50-year-old Bronx native said in a statement, referencing Ross’ supreme spectacle at Super Bowl XXX in 1996.

J.Lo added that performing with Shakira, a fellow Latina, will make the experience extra special. It will be the first time Lopez performs on stage with the 42-year-old Colombian pop star.

The NFL title game will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 2 — which happens to be Shakira’s birthday.

“I’m so honored 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 U.S. and all over the world — and to top it off, on my birthday!” Shakira said in a statement. “This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime!”

Two ?? ?? First time together on stage…on the world’s biggest stage. Welcome @JLo and @shakira to #PepsiHalftime #SBLIV @RocNation @NFL pic.twitter.com/ks1p9FbMLB

Lopez had played coy when it came to swirling rumors she was in talks to headline the show in recent weeks. The triple threat laughed off a question about the Super Bowl chatter on “Live with Kelly and Ryan" earlier this month, saying, “It’s something that we’ve talked about for many years."

Now it’s set to become reality.

"I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage,” Lopez said in a news release announcing the headliners.

Maroon 5 performed at last season’s halftime show, and the band was roundly panned as a bust. With Lopez and Shakira set to star this winter, expectations are sure to soar back through the roof.

Lopez’s new smash hit film “Hustlers” is currently in theaters. Shakira, meanwhile, has a concert film, “Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour,” set to hit more than 2,000 theaters around the world Nov. 13.

The two stars will collide on one of the world’s biggest stages in February.

When the news broke Thursday, Shakira became Twitter’s top trending topic.

Wow! I never expected such an amazing global response! Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me. #SuperBowlLIV pic.twitter.com/VtfnzhkPBQ

“Wow! I never expected such an amazing global response!” she said. “Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me. #SuperBowlLIV

Todd Kaplan, the vice president of marketing for Pepsi — which sponsors the halftime histrionics — said in a statement that Lopez and Shakira will set “a new precedent for what this show can become.”

“We’re confident,” Kaplan added, “that this will be an incredible performance for the ages.”