Last year, the NFL and its highly-publicised Super Bowl came under fire after a wave of controversy over the treatment of former player and black rights activist Colin Kaepernick. Many artists refused to play the Super Bowl Halftime show, no matter how big the pay check and those who did – namely Travis Scott, Big Boi and Maroon 5 – were harshly criticised. Nevertheless, the controversy has seemingly subsided and it has been announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the 2020 show.
Announced via Twitter, the artists and the NFL have confirmed the performance lineup set to take place in the host city of Miami. The duo join the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake who have taken part in the prestigious event in recent years. Reports suggest that Jay-Z would have been instrumental in the booking, after the RnB icon made a surprising move to sign his record label Roc Nation with the NFL. The deal covers entertainment and social-justice endeavours.
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) September 26, 2019
Additional performers have not been announced.
The Super Bowl will be held on February 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Stay tuned for further developments. Because as always, controversy is surely brewing.