In a press conference on Thursday, Shakira, 42, said: "Life is so fragile. And that's why we have to live every moment as intensely as we can.
“And I think we'll all be remembering Kobe on Sunday," she continued. "And we'll be celebrating life and celebrating diversity in this country. I'm sure he'll be very proud to see the message that we're going to try to convey onstage.”
According to Billboard, Lopez, 50, noted that it will be a "heartfelt" moment when they remember Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter accident that also killed the NBA icon's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 26.
While rehearsing days ago, Lopez said her fiance, Alex Rodriguez, came to her in tears to let her know Bryant, a friend of his, had passed away. Lopez said Thursday she wanted to send love and support to Bryant's wife and family.
“We have to love people when they're here and not wait," said Lopez. "I think about Vanessa [Bryant] as a mom and losing her best friend and partner and losing her child, you know, how awful that must be for her right now, and I just wanted to send the message and praying God guides her through every moment because she has three more babies to take care of."
In addition to wanting to honor Bryant's legacy, the singers said they also want to celebrate women and the Latino community with their performance. Lopez noted that for the first time two Latinas are headlining the halftime show.
"That statement alone to me is empowering. When I think of my daughter, when I think of all the little girls in the world, to be able to have that [and] to see that two Latinas [are] doing this in this country at this time, it's just very empowering for us," said Lopez, who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, while Shakira is Colombian.
Lopez and Shakira will take the halftime stage on Sunday at Super Bowl LIV which will see the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The Associated Press contributed to this report