Jennifer Lopez and Shakira revealed at a press conference for the Super Bowl halftime show that when they take the stage to perform on Sunday, they'll also be paying tribute to Kobe Bryant!
The two performers shared their reactions to finding out about the fatal helicopter crash responsible for Bryant's untimely death. It turns out that Lopez actually learned the news through her fiancée, baseball star Alex Rodriguez. "Alex came to me with tears in his eyes, and he's like, 'You're not going to believe what happened.' He was devastated. He knew Kobe really well," Lopez said.
Lopez went on to mention how she herself only knew Bryant and his wife Vanessa "in passing", but the couple came to her show in Vegas and they had what Lopez referred to as "a beautiful night that night".
She also shared her sympathy for Vanessa Bryant, saying how she's been "praying that God guides her (Bryant) through every moment because she has three more babies to take care of and just wishing that the nightmare was over but it's not going to be".
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be "celebrating life, diversity"
When it comes to the takeaway message the two stars are hoping to share through their performance, Shakira said that they have "a lot to say". By being on such a prominent global stage performing for millions of people, they're hoping to challenge people's preconceived notions "about age, about race, about background". In reference to herself and Shakira, Lopez added that having "two Latinas doing this at this time, in this country at this time, it's just very empowering for us."
"Empowerment" certainly seems like the word that best sums up what Lopez and Shakira want people to feel while watching their performance come Sunday. They aim to "spread love and kindness and bring everybody together", encouraging the global community to find strength and inspiration while at the same time paying tribute to a life taken too soon.
"I think we will all be remembering Kobe on Sunday," Shakira said. "We'll be celebrating life, and celebrating diversity in this country".