On September 26th, the National Football League announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be the half time performers at Super Bowl LIV.

After hearing the news, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider took to his Twitter account to air his frustration posting:

“WTF!? @shakira and @jlo for this year’s @nfl halftime show!? Once again the great heavy music that rocks the stadiums week after week, game after game is completely ignored. I guess we don’t shake our ass enough!!”

He later clarified his views, adding, “My point about this years @NFL halftime show isn’t a slight on @shakira or @JLo, it’s frustration that week after week rock is the go to music during games but gets no respect when it comes to the Super Bowl! And I don’t think I’m popular enough for that slot. But @Metallica…”

“To add insult to injury, Jay Z is promoting this year”s @NFL Super Bowl half time show (no problem with that) and his company is called …ROCK NATION?! [spelling incorrect] “

“What about @acdc? What about @gunsnroses? What about @foofighters? Any of this bands would bring any house down!”

According to, this is not the first time Snider has taken a shot at the NFL for failing to secure rock acts for the Super Bowl halftime show. Back in February, Snider observed that the playlists at NFLstadiums everywhere for decades have played music by a number of hard rock and heavy metal acts, yet no metal band has ever performed at the halftime show. He proceeded to list songs by Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Twisted Sister and Queen as some of the ones that are often blasted over the PA at NFL games.

“Hey @NFL! Your go-to songs at EVERY game are metal: Enter Sandman, Cum On Feel the Noise, Thunder, Crazy Train, We’re Not Gonna Take It, We Are the Champions, Final Countdown, I Wanna Rock, We Will Rock You, Welcome to Jungle. NONE of those bands have EVER played half-time show!” he wrote at the time.

According to, the NFL considers popularity, music genre, and the artists’ overall performance value choosing the performers for the halftime show. However, it’s not the NFL that chooses who takes the stage. The league comes up with a short list, but the host cities pick the Super Bowl halftime performers. 

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  • Charles Clinchot on

    Looks like it’s gonna be one big bathroom break
    For me

    • Dana on

      The kneeling angered me, so I rarely watch Football anymore anyway. Go-GMen.

    • genesraccoonwig on

      Only way I would watch that half time show is if J-Lo and Shakira did some girl on girl entertainment.
      If you know what I mean.
      Cue the 70s porn music….Bow…Chicka….Wow…wow !!!

  • Charles Clinchot on

    But he does have a point play the songs for reg season in stadiums but not the big game? Hey how about GnR

    • Dana on

      I would AC/DC for the the half time show. The Giants always kick off to Hells Bells.

    • Doug on

      AC/DC would be my choice! Brian Johnson seems like he’s back in action. He is all over AXS TV right now, just a cool dude!

  • dcinsc7 on

    Preach, brother, preach! I tell my wife this all the time. Sports play rock and metal in their stadiums but then give the platform to artists who cannot perform live in a stadium. The bands that Dee names all have stadium experience and they have HITS. Nobody in real life can name 3 J-Lo songs. I admit I enjoyed Bruno Mars a few years ago, but I don’t watch the half time show anymore.

    • Dana on

      Bruno Mars, is one of the few current acts, that has genuine talent.

    • genesraccoonwig on

      Dana – agree – but didn’t Bruno already perform at half-time

    • Dana on

      He did, I was just agreeing that he is talented.

  • Tyger of Pan Tang on

    Maybe down to $. My friend’s AC/DC tribute band does half time at Canadian Football League games and between periods at NHL games, but there’s just too much money wrapped up with Super Bowl.

  • elliot goldberg on

    dee’s right. should hard rock/metal be heard, but not seen? maybe the rarhof called the nfl.

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