Jennifer Lopez Performs Live Debut of Skrillex Collab 'Us,' Tributes Prince at Dazzling Pre-Super Bowl Show
If there's one way to heat up a city that is barely hitting double digits in temperature, it's bringing Jennifer Lopez to perform hit after hit after hit.
Before J. Lo even took the stage at Minneapolis' The Armory Saturday night (Feb. 3), fans were immersed in the Puerto Rican queen's culture, with indigenous trees from Lopez's home country lining the entry way and an experiential installation that included a virtual trip through the Puerto Rican rainforest. With warm vibes providing a nice contrast to the freezing (and snowy) outdoors, Lopez already had fans in a good mood -- but once she took the stage, she brought the heat with a night of high-energy jams, pyro, mesmerizing lights and, of course, lots of dancing.
"This is not just her Vegas show transplanted to Minneapolis," Roger Hyde, DIRECTV/AT&T Entertainment Group SVP of creative services told Billboard ahead of the show. "It's a bigger, more dynamic, more orchestrated, more choreographed show than she normally does. It's a whole 'nother level."
While there were Vegas-style spectacles all around the stage, it was clear that J. Lo was determined to have fans who attended her AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night concert leaving wowed over her dancing more than anything. And although the highly anticipated game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles was less than 24 hours from Lopez's performance, she confidently declared, "the big show is tonight."
There was never a dull moment in the 90-minute J. Lo extravaganza, but take a look at some of the biggest highlights of the show that included the singer's first performance of her brand new single "Us" (with a sweet tribute to her man Alex Rodriguez) and an ode to the late Minneapolis great Prince.
All She Wants to Do is Dance
From the very start with the leopard-printed, firework-filled opener "Get Right," J. Lo was all about the choreo, showing off her moves while singing hits like "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Waiting For Tonight" with her impressive squad of dancers. Along with her own hits, Lopez had a couple dance breaks to some of today's biggest tunes like J. Balvin's "Mi Gente," Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" and Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang."
What would a Super Bowl weekend be without some surprise celebrity appearances? Only a few songs into her set, J. Lo let DJ Khaled take the hype up a notch with some of his party starters such as "All I Do Is Win," "Wild Thoughts" (which featured his GIF-friendly Grammy dance), and "I'm the One." Later in the show, Lopez's World Of Dance co-judge Ne-Yo helped J. Lo out with LL Cool J's part on "All I Have," which the two mixed with a dynamic rendition of Debra Laws' "Very Special."
Honoring The Purple One
J. Lo had plenty of her own hometown pride, giving a few shout-outs to The Bronx throughout the set -- especially during a bumping performance of "Jenny From the Block" -- but she gave the Minnesotans in attendance some repping with an electric tribute to Prince. Starting with the "Dearly beloved" prologue from "Let's Go Crazy," J. Lo rocked out to "Gett Off," "Darling Nikki," "When Doves Cry" (with a snippet of "Kiss") and the mind-blowing "Let's Go Crazy."
Reppin' Her Man
Before delivering the live debut of her new Skrillex and Poo Bear collab "Us," Lopez told the crowd about why the song is so special to her: Not only is the song about A-Rod, but she was performing it for the first time on their anniversary. "We’ve been together for one year today," she gushed. "I don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but baby this song’s for you. I love you.”
One Outfit After Another
Along with wowing the crowd with her moves, Lopez also showed off her fabulous bod with not one, not two, but eight different bedazzled outfits from a glittery bodysuit to a fringed Tina Turner-esque dress -- even stripping down to a lingerie piece for a risque cabaret-style dance number to "Girls."
A Call for Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Along with tributing Prince, Lopez delivered a little Aretha Franklin amid her own throwback hits. But instead of simply adding to the nostalgia of the night, J. Lo's cover of "Respect" was meant to bring some girl power to the night. Hinting at the recent #TimesUp and #MeToo initiatives, she preceded her Aretha moment by proclaiming, "it seems the world is finally listening to us!"
Get Loud for an Encore
As if she hadn't blown fans away enough with her hour-and-a-half-long set, Lopez made an unexpected encore return (after the house DJ had seemingly taken over) for her On the 6 hit "Let's Get Loud," complete with feathered fans, spicy dance moves and one last firework show to put an explosive cap on the Latin pop queen's Minnesota takeover.
Jennifer Lopez's AT&T Presents DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night set list:
If You Had My Love
Love Don't Cost a Thing
DJ Khaled cameo ("All I Do Is Win," "All The Way Up," "For Free," "I'm The One," "Shining")
Ain't It Funny
Jenny From The Block
Dance break ("Mi Gente," "Bodak Yellow," "Gucci Gang," "Havana")
I'm Into You
Ain't Your Mama
All I Have/Very Special (With Ne-Yo)
Prince tribute ("Gett Off," "Darling Nikki," "When Doves Cry" (with a snippet of "Kiss"), "Let's Go Crazy")
Waiting For Tonight
On The Floor
Let's Get Loud