In a new interview with Vanity Fair as part of the 26th Annual Hollywood Issue, the “On the Floor” singer, 50, told the magazine that her halftime show, set for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, could not have come during a more opportune time.
“It’s a perfect moment in my life, honestly,” she said, “but it’s also a great time for a Latina women to take the stage at the biggest all-American event, with everything that’s going on in the country right now.”
Lopez said she wants to “represent everybody” on the major music stage that’s sandwiched in the middle of the NFL‘s biggest game of the season, watched by millions of avid football fans.
“It gets a lot of eyeballs, so if you can spread a little bit of love and positivity and make people know that we’re all in this together? I look at it as a blessing,” she said.
“I am excited,” she told Variety in November. “I think there’s not a musical artist in the world that doesn’t dream of performing at the Super Bowl.”
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“[Shakira and I are] both excited to have been given the opportunity to do that, as two Latin women, in Miami,” she said. “I think it’s important in this day and age for two Latin women to be standing on that stage — when Latinos are being treated a certain way in this country, or looked at a certain way — to show that we have a really specific and beautiful culture and worth and value, and we bring something to this country that’s necessary.”
She added: “I think that’s going to be an amazing moment. That night, I want it to be a celebration of who we are — all of us, because we’re in this together. … That’s how I feel. I want to bring everybody together in that moment.”
Super Bowl LIV, held at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, airs live at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 2 on Fox.