2) Was that J-Lo’s daughter?
Yes, it was! Readers of the tabloids might know that J-Lo has 11-year-old twins with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, and it was young Emme who took the stage for “Let’s Get Loud” with a children’s choir.
3) So, what will the reaction be to the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico flag moment?
It’s hard to get more polarizing than when musicians make political statements at the Super Bowl — and this one wasn’t subtle: As the choir sang “Born in the U.S.A.,” J-Lo whipped open her U.S.A. flag cape to reveal that the inside was the Puerto Rican flag. As a reminder, before the game, J-Lo said “Two Latinas doing this in this country at this time is just very empowering to us,” while Shakira (who kicked off her portion of the show with “Hola Miami!”) stated, “It’s very important for us to convey a message of unity and also to show what a relevant force the Latin community is in this country.”
4) What was with the rope?
In case you didn’t know, Shakira is famous for her rope dancing during “Whenever, Wherever” on tour. And she demonstrated some incredible dance moves on her own as she ticked off hits including “She Wolf” and “Hips Don’t Lie."
And although Shakira made plenty of headlines with this...
...variations on this explanation started trending worldwide on Twitter:
Chiming in because I know everyone will be making jokes about this for days — this is a popular Arab tradition, called zaghrouta, used to express joy at celebrations. In the melting pot that is Miami, you could not have picked a better Super Bowl act and this was a lovely touch. https://t.co/q1H9l8UpQ5— Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan) February 3, 2020
5) Was that an Ali G tribute??
Guest stars during the show included J Balvin, who sang “Mi Gente” with J-Lo, and Bad Bunny, who joined Shakira for “I Like It” in an all-silver ensemble that reminded some people of a certain Sacha Baron Cohen character. While we’re guessing that it was a coincidence, social media still had a great deal of fun with the comparison.
(This post has been updated.)