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Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Claudia Leitte open the World Cup

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J. Lo takes the World Cup Opening Ceremony stage after a week of confusion about whether she'd show
Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte rock the official World Cup song for thousands

Jennifer Lopez did show up for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, taking the stage with Pit Bull and Brazilian pop singer Claudia Leitte in Sao Paulo, the host nation's largest city.

The three performed the tournament's anthem, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," in an $8-million production. Pit Bull recorded the tune, featuring Lopez and Leitte, and all of them appear in the official music video

In the days before the show, Lopez's attendance had been in doubt as conflicting releases came out from the Cup's governing body and then from the pop star's rep. Initially, "production issues" were cited Sunday by FIFA in a statement saying J. Lo wouldn't be there. But on Tuesday, the 44-year-old's rep told People, "We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics. Any statements to the contrary were premature."

Thousands of fans, many wearing the home team's colors of yellow with green accents, witnessed the spectacle -- and mixed in a bit of booing for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA, according to the Associated Press. (The lead-up to the Cup hasn't been entirely rosy, with spending, traffic, transit strikes and construction delays among the issues.)

Of course, Lopez's name was in the headlines last week too, when her 6-week-old breakup with boyfriend Casper Smart, 27, was made public. They had been dating since 2011, when he was one of her backup dancers. 

Meanwhile, back in Sao Paolo, Brazil would go on to beat Croatia, 3-1, in the match held after the show.

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