The Super Bowl stage has been graced by all kinds of musical legends over the last 30 years.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 2:34 pm

At the Super Bowl, the action doesn’t stop just because the game does. Picture: Logan Riely/Getty Images

Each year, the Super Bowl draws a larger audience around the globe than almost any other sporting event.

As the culmination of the American football season, it’s a huge sporting occasion but it also holds a huge appeal for those with no interest in football thanks to its legendary halftime shows.

Over the years, the halftime slot has seen the likes of Dianna Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and Prince strut across the stadium stage, and many tune in just for the musical performance.

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Global superstar Jennifer Lopez will take centre stage at the 2020 Super Bowl. Picture: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

When is the 2020 Super Bowl?

This year’s Super Bowl will take place on Sunday 2 February.

The game, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

It will kick off at 11.30pm here in the UK.

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Who is performing at the half-time show?

This year’s show will feature two of the biggest names in pop music: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

With hit singles like “Jenny From The Block” and “If You Had My Love”, Jennifer Lopez conquered the pop world back in the late nineties while also establishing herself as an actor – starring in films like Out of Sight, Monster in Law and, just last year, Hustlers.

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After finding huge success with her Spanish-language albums, Shakira became a global star with her 2001 album Laundry service, which sold over 13 million copies. Singles like “Whenever Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie” have helped her to become one of the best-selling artists of all time.

With so many hits between them and their reputation for scintillating showmanship, it’s safe to assume that this year’s show will live long in the memory.

Who else will be performing at the Super Bowl?

It’s also a Super Bowl tradition to have a famous singer perform the national anthem before the game begins.

This year the Star Spangled Banner will be belted out by “Sorry Not Sorry” singer Demi Lovato.

To complete the trifecta of Latin megastars, there have been rumours that Ricky “Livin’ La Vida Loca” Martin will also be making an appearance.

Lady Gaga, who previously starred both as the Superbowl’s national anthem singer and the halftime act, won’t be a part of this year’s game, but she will be performing on the Hard Rock Stadium stage the night before at the Super Saturday Night concert.

How can I watch it?

Fortunately for UK fans of American football and Jennifer Lopez alike, the Super Bowl will be broadcast in its entirety on BBC One, meaning it can also be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer.

There will also be an alternative broadcast on Sky Sports, which can similarly be beamed on to your devices via the Sky Go app.

The first half of the game takes around an hour and a half, so the show should begin around 1am in the UK. Although NFL halftimes are usually only 15 minutes, the Superbowl break is a full half hour to accommodate the beloved spectacle.



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