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J Lo, Shakira talk empowerment, Kobe, Super Bowl halftime show

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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira talk about the Super Bowl halftime show. (WPEC)

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, two of the biggest names in music, say it's empowering to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

"The Chiefs and 49ers are run by women, and you got two women headlining the halftime show so that statement alone is empowering," Lopez said. "When I think of my daughter, when I think of all the little girls in the world to be able to have that to see that, two Latinas doing that at this time in this country at this time is very empowering for us."

The two stars spoke to the media Thursday afternoon in Miami, just days before the Super Bowl.

Shakira, who has 13 Latin Grammy awards, says she and J Lo are redefining paradigms about age, race and backgrounds.

"When I was living in Barranquilla, my hometown, as a little girl, no one would've thought that I would've ended up performing at the Super Bowl," Shakira said. "It would be something hard to believe, but it's a reality today. I just think that this is the palpable example of how anything is possible and the only thing that matters is the size of your dreams."

It’s the first halftime show for both singers.

And both say they'll be remembering Kobe Bryant on Super Bowl Sunday.

Lopez remembers when she heard the tragic news. She said Alex Rodriguez broke the news to her with tears in his eyes, and that Kobe's death serves as a reminder that you have to love people when they're here, and not wait. She said Kobe and his wife had a date night at one of her shows.

Shakira said life is so fragile.

"That's why we have to try to live every moment as intensely as we can," she said. The singer said Kobe had come to one of her shows as well.

The news conference did include a few light moments.

The parents of James Corden, host of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, tried to make things a little interactive. Mr. Corden grabbed a saxophone and had J. Lo sing a few bars of "Jenny From The Block." He also tried to get Shakira to show some of her moves from her hit song, "Hips Don't Lie," but she respectfully declined.

The Super Bowl halftime show has come a long way since the first one in 1967, which featured the marching bands from Grambling State and the University of Arizona.

The big game is Sunday night between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.




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