"Latinos are going through a difficult time in the U.S. right now, and I think it's important for us to convey a messsage of unity," Shakira said.
She talked about how the Latin community is such a "relevant force," but sometimes gets overlooked.
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Sunday, which also happens to be the singer's birthday, she says is the perfect chance to remind the country "how much we have to offer."
The Super Bowl is "as American as it gets," she said.
So this year's halftime performance will celebrate the "heritage of this country, which is one of diversity."
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, she says as a little girl no one would ever believe she'd end up performing at a Super Bowl.
”Two Latinas doing this in this country at this time.”— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) January 30, 2020
@JLo Talks about what this #SuperBowl and her and @shakira’s halftime performance means for women empowerment and the Latino community. https://t.co/Ths8lpQf3q pic.twitter.com/5rPPF28wCa
Jennifer Lopez, who grew up in the Bronx, echoed the same sentiments.
"Two Latinas doing this at this time in this country, it's just very empowering for us," she said.
JLo added how big this performace is not just big for the Latino community, but for all women.
"The Chiefs and the 49ers are run by women. And then you got two women headlining the halftime show... 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..."
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira agreed, it's the perfect stage for the message, and it couldn't be in a more approprate city than Miami, Florida.
James Corden couldn’t be here to do karaoke with @JLo and @shakira so his parents came instead. Here’s his dad playing the sax while JLo sings #JennyFromtheBlock https://t.co/MK0oWcYhWp pic.twitter.com/Dtqv3ETYnz— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) January 30, 2020
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