"Let's show the world what two little Latin girls can do," Jennifer Lopez told Shakira, shortly before playing the Super Bowl Half Time Show in Miami.
In the event, the duo showed they could sing, belly dance, crowd surf, knee slide, pole dance and even play drums.
It was a kinetic and sometimes dizzying set, as the Latin singers raced through 20 songs in just 12 minutes.
And after two years of under-cooked half time shows, their vibrant, kitsch spectacle was a major return to form.
Unlike Justin Timberlake in 2018 and Maroon 5 last year, the two performers thrashed out a robust and upbeat set-list that focused on their biggest hits, while delivering breath-taking choreography and a liberal sprinkling of Vegas glitter.
They mostly appeared to have heeded Lady Gaga's warning that "I better hear no lip-syncing," proving themselves incredibly capable vocalists while flinging themselves around the stage like marionettes.
"Hola Miami!" shouted Shakira, opening the set with the disco strut of She Wolf before segueing to the grungy rock of Empire, and throwing in a few bars of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir as she wigged out on a black sequinned guitar.
She brought out Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny to duet on a cover of Cardi B's I Like It, and wrapped up six minutes later with her biggest hit, Hips Don't Lie, while being carried across the audience on her back.
Throughout her dance-heavy segment the Colombian singer, who was celebrating her 43rd birthday, looked like she was having an absolute blast.