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Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to headline Super Bowl halftime show

Update: September, 27/2019 - 16:18
Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the premiere of 'Hustlers' during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Day 3 on September 7, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario. —AFP/VNA Photo

NEW YORK — Multi-faceted sensation Jennifer Lopez on on Thursday announced she and pop star Shakira would headline the National Football League's Super Bowl halftime show in Miami in February.

The 50-year-old Lopez -- who is currently basking in the success of her much-lauded performance in the recently released film Hustlers -- dropped the news in a tweeted photo of her and Shakira, sporting matching metallic gold tube tops and black leather pants, saying with emojis that they were going to "set the world on fire".

"It doesn't get any bigger than this! So excited about getting on that #SuperBowlLIV" stage tweeted Shakira. The NFL confirmed the news on Twitter.

The Latina superstars will be part of the NFL's bid to rebuild its embattled halftime show -- one of pop music's most visible gigs -- which last year struggled to secure performers over the treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 2019 halftime show saw the performance slot go from highly coveted to largely unwanted, with prominent artists including Rihanna, P!nk and Cardi B reportedly turning it down over Kaepernick's plight.

The radio-friendly pop band Maroon 5 controversially led the marquee show alongside rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi.

In August, the NFL entered a partnership with rapper Jay-Z, which the league hailed as a move to promote social justice and the artist said would allow the league to advance from protest to action.

Jay-Z's music and sports company Roc Nation represents Shakira.  AFP

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