Darius Rucker: ‘Super Bowl is my happiest day of the year’

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MIAMI (AP) – Coverage of entertainment and celebrity happenings at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami:

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DARIUS RUCKER: ‘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 Experiences’ pre-game party at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami hours before the Kansas City Chiefs were to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

“If you would have told me at 15 … that I was going to go to that many Super Bowls, I would have never believed it,” the 53-year-old said. “The 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 it’s my saddest day of the year – because it’s the greatest game you’re looking for and (then) football’s over.”

Rucker attended the game with his teenage son: “To have my kid with me, it’s amazing.”

“I ask him every year, ‘Do you wanna go?’ And that’s really the basis of if I’m going to do it. Because if he’s not going to go, I’m going to sit at home and watch it on the television,” 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.

“That was fun and everyone’s family got to come out, because we never got to tour with family. Everyone’s kids were too young, it was four of us on a bus,” he said. “This time we could afford for everyone to have their own bus and have their families out there. It was great.”

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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 Lopez’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 “I 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 “X,” “Con Altura” with Rosalía and “Mi Gente,” which featured a remix co-starring Beyoncé.

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, “Oasis,” last year. It was nominated for a Grammy Award at last week’s show.

Darius Rucker poses for a photo before taking the stage. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 in Miami. Rucker and his band played the On Location Experiences’ pregame tailgate party before Super Bowl LIV. (AP Photo/John Carucci)
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