Monday, September 26, 2022

Jay-Z Wanted Jennifer Lopez to Cut Her Daughter’s ‘Kids in Cages’ Performance from Super Bowl Halftime Show [WATCH]

*Jennifer Lopez is speaking out about the political statement she made during her Super Bowl LIV halftime show performance. 

We previously reported… during Lopez’s 10-minute-plus set with Shakira, the Bronx native was joined by her 11-year-old daughter Emme Maribel on stage to sing her mother’s hit “Let’s Get Loud” while sitting in a cage structure.

Young Emme was surrounded by other young children also enclosed in cages, a move highlighting the way Latin children are being treated at the Mexican-U.S. border due to Trump’s controversial immigration policies.

Emme also belted out “Born in the USA,” alongside Lopez, who wore a feathered coat of the Puerto Rican flag.

Word on the curb is that JAY-Z and his Roc Nation were not feeling the political statement and wanted Lopez to cut the kids in cages performance — but she refused. 

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Sources at Roc Nation tell lovebscott.com that JLo’s caged children moment almost didn’t happen. 

Via B. Scott:

The management/production company headed by Jay-Z, fought to get her to cut it from her set. 

Sources also exclusively tell lovebscott.com that despite a great deal of pressure from Roc Nation, Jennifer put her foot down and insisted on keeping the segment. We’re told Jay himself even tried to personally intervene to convince her, but Jennifer would not be moved away from the idea.

Apparently, tensions ran so high between the two camps that Lopez eventually pulled out of joining Shakira for the opening number of the halftime show. Instead, Shakira and J. Lo only performed together briefly at the end of the show. Roc Nation also encouraged Shakira (a Roc Nation client) to not appear onstage during “Born In The USA”, but the singer eventually decided to do it anyway, “playing drums during the number.”

“All I want my girls, the little girls on stage with me and all over the world to know is how to use their voices and be proud of everything they are,” Lopez said Lopez in a backstage video, just before she hit the stage. “Other people can try to build walls, keep us out or put us in cages. We are proud to recognize that all of us together are what makes this beautiful country truly great.

“This was the defining moment of the Super Bowl. The statement JLo and Shakira made by having the kids singing from these cages was immense,” wrote Twitter user @JoshuaPotash.

WATCH:

While some fans were excited to see the two artists share the Super Bowl halftime stage, many wanted the show to include Miami-based artists and/or rappers.

In case you missed it, check out Shakira and JLo’s performance via the YouTube player above.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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