Super Bowl LIV was a spectacle. Whitehouse native Patrick Mahomes had led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl since 1970 and 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers was the first female to coach in the game. With all the highlights that the game presented, there was one that really stood out to me. It was the fact that the halftime show, headlined by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, was the first time in Super Bowl history to feature an all-Latino lineup.
This was intriguing to me because I’m also Latino (I’m Mexican) and I grew up listening to and enjoying their music, which I still do to this day. Although none of the four performers share the same nationality as me, I still connect with them in a way because of our Latino backgrounds. It made me so happy to know and witness some of Latin America’s biggest stars be represented on NFL’s biggest stage.
Shakira, who just so happened to be performing on her birthday, brought so much energy to the performance which was then matched by the other performers. Although it was a predominantly Latino show, the performers did an amazing job towards the end with incorporating symbolism that represented the United States. Lopez’s’ daughter, Emme Muniz, sang a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” while Lopez held up a feathered cape with the Puerto Rican flag on one side and the American flag on the other as she sung “Let’s Get Loud.”
This was a step in the right direction for the Latino community’s representation on such a large stage. It was fitting from a geographic sense as well because Miami has one of the largest Latino populations in the nation with 72%. A halftime show featuring Latino performers was something we all needed to see. To me, it reiterates what makes our country beautiful. It showed how diverse our homeland is and it opened new perspectives of the world for those who haven’t had the chance to experience other cultures. Despite everything that’s going on in our nation, regarding the rampant rise of racism and prejudice, we can turn to this year’s halftime show as inspiration that it doesn’t matter what your background is. We all have the opportunity to make a name for ourselves in this great nation.