Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will promote 'unity' and 'diversity' in Super Bowl halftime show

They said Kobe Bryant's death affects their mindset going into the performance.

January 30, 2020, 4:36 PM

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira aren’t giving too much away about their Super Bowl halftime performance this Sunday, but they did promise an empowering show focused on messages of unity, diversity and love.

"It’s a lot of energy. It’s very entertaining. There’s heartfelt moments. I think we run the gamut. It’s packed with a lot of awesome moments," Lopez said during a press conference in Miami Thursday.

She noted that she hopes the female-centric show will be inspiring for young girls around the world, including her own daughter.

"Two Latinas, doing this in this country at this time, it’s just very empowering for us," she said. "And for me, I'm very proud to be able to help and put forth that message."

The two music superstars will each have six minutes to perform and plan to use the 12-minute total performance to showcase their successful, decades-long professional journeys.

"We might be able to take people on a journey that shows who we are, artistically, and where we've been all these years with our careers," Shakira told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan in an interview that aired Friday on "GMA."

Earlier Thursday, the NFL announced it would release a visual album, Super Bowl LIV Live, featuring each performance at Super Bowl 54, including the halftime show and the national anthem, sung by Demi Lovato.

When asked by Strahan how they want the audience to feel after their performance, Lopez and Shakira said "inspired" and "joyful" and "happy."

"That they just went to a great party, an all-inclusive party, a party that integrates cultures and diversity," said Shakira.

The two also spoke about the impact of Kobe Bryant’s death and how it has affected their mindset going into this weekend. Lopez and Shakira confirmed that Bryant will be remembered at halftime.

Lopez revealed that her fiance Alex Rodriguez told her during a Super Bowl rehearsal that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday in California.

"I was in the middle of rehearsing and talking about this show and Alex came to me with tears in his eyes and he's like, 'You're not gonna believe what happened,'" Lopez recalled. "He was was devastated."

"I think it's affecting everybody so much because it's reminding everybody how fragile life is and how we have to appreciate every single moment," she said.

Lopez plans to keep her family close to her on Super Bowl Sunday, joking that Rodriguez will be especially close.

"You know, Alex, he'll be as close as he can get to that stage," she told Strahan, with a laugh. "Alex and all of our kids will be watching and they'll all be in the stadium. My mother will be here."

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