Super Bowl Performances and SAG Red Carpet Recap
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show = Girl Power
By Chloe Cornell
On Sunday morning, 02/02/20, Jennifer Lopez posted a picture of her and Shakira hugging on Instagram. “So excited to share the stage with you tonight Shakira,” the caption read. “Let’s show the world what two little Latin girls can do.” #LetsGetLoud #GirlPower #SuperBowlLIV #SBLIV
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Those “two little Latin girls” went ahead and made history as the first Latinas to lead a Super Bowl halftime show and the world has not stopped talking about their amazing performance! In addition to each of them flawlessly performing their greatest hits while thrillingly dancing up a storm, both women incorporated thoughtful political statements into their acts. The fact that all Latina performers were selected for this year’s halftime show was of course a partial nod to the host state of Miami, FL, but was also intended to make a statement as halftime show co-producer Jay-Z acknowledged in a Columbia University Q & A session. While explaining that his sitting during Demi Lovato’s impeccable performance of the National anthem was not meant as a protest (he says he was busy making sure Lovato’s microphone was in the right spot and caught up in production mode), he explained that the choice of performers was his intended statement. “If you look at the stage and the artists that we chose – Colombian [Shakira] and Puerto Rican J.Lo – we were making the loudest statement,” he said.
J.Lo brought the ongoing immigration controversy at the southern border to the forefront during her performance. She wore an “ethically made” feathered cape with the American flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other while her daughter Emme Muniz and a children’s choir sang the chorus of Bruce Springstein’s “Born In The USA,” which continued into “Let’s Get Loud” while the children were shown singing in cages, a more obvious reference to immigrants.
The women joined together in the end showing off their unparalleled dance skills and ended the show in a hug leaving the estimated 103 million viewers without a doubt that they had just witnessed the ultimate in #GirlPower.
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Super Bowl LIV’s Outstanding Performances
By Ana Wilmer and Julia French
At the Super Bowl in Miami Florida, on February 2nd, 2020, Demi Lovato performed the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, and Shakira and Jennifer Lopez each performed their hits during the extraordinary halftime show. After the Grammy Awards, this was Demi’s second time performing live since she has recently come out of rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. Many were pleased to see how strong and beautiful her voice sounded during this performance. She has been openly discussing her treatment and even named her last single “Sober”.
Meanwhile, this year’s Super Bowl halftime show was composed of performances by both Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, two Latina women who continue to dominate both the American and Spanish music industries. Shakira performed her hits including “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka” while Jennifer Lopez sang “Jenny from the Block” causing an uproar in the NFL stadium. The two women performed various complex dance numbers alongside each other leaving spectators in awe.
Best Dressed at The Screen Actors Guild Awards
By Haley Brettschneider, Chloe Robinson, and Julia Carroll
The SAG Awards’ red carpet is heavy on drama and heavy on exceptional dresses. This year was no exception as the stakes were significantly higher. Nominees and presenters who descended on the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles all seemed to have one thing in common: an extroverted approach to dressing. The best dressed goes out to Cynthia Erivo who waltzed in wearing a hot pink Schiaparelli confection and Gwendoline Christie who dressed in gothic black Rick Owens ruffles. These women did not hesitate to maximize their moment in the spotlight. Zoe Kravitz was a universal “best dressed winner” in a custom Oscar de la Renta gown and over the elbow white gloves. Sophie Turner Jonas was another standout looking like a real-life Barbie doll in Louis Vuitton and Scarlett Johansson shimmered in Armani with crystal straps. Lastly, a huge round of applause to those who went sustainable, like the night’s big winner Jennifer Aniston who stunned in a vintage John Galliano-era Dior gown.
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