MIAMI (AP) – Coverage of entertainment and celebrity happenings at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami:
DARIUS RUCKER: â€˜SUPER BOWL IS MY HAPPIEST DAY OF THE YEAR’
Darius Rucker has been to more than a dozen Super Bowls, but the singer said being at the big game never gets old.
The country artist and frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish performed Sunday at On Location Experiencesâ€™ pre-game party at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami hours before the Kansas City Chiefs were to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
â€œIf you would have told me at 15 … that I was going to go to that many Super Bowls, I would have never believed it,â€ the 53-year-old said. â€œThe Super Bowl, for me, is the ultimate sporting event in the world. For me, the Super Bowl is my happiest day of the year and itâ€™s my saddest day of the year – because itâ€™s the greatest game youâ€™re looking for and (then) footballâ€™s over.â€
Rucker attended the game with his teenage son: â€œTo have my kid with me, itâ€™s amazing.â€
â€œI ask him every year, â€˜Do you wanna go?â€™ And thatâ€™s really the basis of if Iâ€™m going to do it. Because if heâ€™s not going to go, Iâ€™m going to sit at home and watch it on the television,â€ he added.
The three-time Grammy winner reunited with Hootie & the Blowfish late last year to release their first album in almost 15 years. They also performed on a sold-tour, which became a family affair.
â€œThat was fun and everyoneâ€™s family got to come out, because we never got to tour with family. Everyoneâ€™s kids were too young, it was four of us on a bus,â€ he said. â€œThis time we could afford for everyone to have their own bus and have their families out there. It was great.”
J. LO AND SHAKIRA’S SURPRISE GUESTS: BAD BUNNY AND J BALVIN
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will bring Latin music to the Super Bowl stage with two stars dominating the genre: J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
A person close to the Super Bowl, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the game, told The Associated Press that the Puerto Rican rapper and Colombian performer will guest star during the 12-minute performance. The person also said Lopezâ€™s 11-year-old daughter Emme, who has performed onstage on her mother’s latest stadium tour, will also be part of the halftime show.
Bunny and Balvin, who both appeared on the Cardi B hit â€œI Like It,” have found major success on streaming platforms and have logged billions of views on YouTube. Balvin, who released his debut album in the late 2000s, has won four Latin Grammys and is known for the hits â€œX,” â€œCon Altura” with RosalÃa and â€œMi Gente,” which featured a remix co-starring BeyoncÃ©.
Bunny, 25, has become a white-hot sensation since debuting on the Latin music scene in 2016, collaborating with everyone from Drake to Residente to Will Smith. He released he debut album in 2018 and it won him his first Latin Grammy.
Balvin and Bunny released the collaborative album, â€œOasis,” last year. It was nominated for a Grammy Award at last week’s show.