'We're going to do something together, for sure,' the Oscar-buzzed actress recently said.

By Joey Nolfi
December 20, 2019 at 02:12 PM EST
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Jennifer Lopez is gearing up for her first Oscar nomination, her first Super Bowl performance, and a potentially epic collaboration with her halftime show co-headliner Shakira.

Appearing on a recent episode of CBS This Morning, the entertainer — in the midst of a robust campaign to land her first Academy Award nomination for her performance in Hustlers — revealed she’s currently deep in rehearsals for her upcoming Miami-based performance on football’s biggest night, which she says will be split into two segments (one for each performer) with a potential on-stage collaboration in the cards.

“I’ve never even done a song with Shakira. We’re not rehearsing together, she’s doing her show, I’m doing my show, but we’re going to do something together, for sure,” Lopez said. When asked if the duo would record a song together in anticipation of the gig, she responded: “I don’t know. We haven’t gotten there yet. I think we both just started rehearsing our own songs for right now.”

Lopez went on to say that fans should anticipate a mix of English and Spanish songs, as both artists are known for their musical contributions in both languages.

“[It’ll be] a little of both. It’s in Miami, and we’re both Latin artists, we bring that flavor, and that’s going to be exciting and a new thing that hasn’t been on any other Super Bowl,” she observed. She added that landing the prestigious slot was already “like winning the Oscar” because “it’s the biggest show that there is.”

“It has the biggest audience, you get to have this big production. You don’t to do that on tour. Everything is budget-conscious. It’s a different experience, and it’s a fantasy for all musical artists to be able to play the Super Bowl and have 12 minutes of an amazing show,” she continued. “There’s something exhilarating about it.”

Shakira, 42, recently told EW she anticipates “amazing energy” during the performance, which she hopes will she light on the lack of Latin culture reflected in mainstream media: “This time, it’s representing the Latinos who have struggled so much in the U.S. and who, I think, are going to find an important space now, feeling represented on that very important stage.”

The halftime show performance will cap one of the most successful year-long stretches of Lopez’s prolific career. After dropping a string of Spanish-language singles between 2017 and 2019, the 50-year-old embarked on the It’s My Party tour — her first solo headlining tour in the United States — in June, ahead of courting significant Oscar buzz among the cast of director Lorene Scafaria’s stripper crime drama Hustlers. Following its September theatrical bow, the project went on to become Lopez’s first live-action movie to earn more than $100 million at the domestic box office. For her performance in the hit film, Lopez later received her first Golden Globe nomination since the 1997 biopic Selena. 

Lopez will next appear in the upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me opposite Owen Wilson, Maluma, and Sarah Silverman.

See the pair’s full Super Bowl halftime show performance when the big game airs Sunday, Feb. 2. Head here to watch Lopez’s interview with CBS This Morning.

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