International pop music star Shakira will take her multicultural sound and hip-shaking dance moves to the Super Bowl halftime show in Miami next month. Before she does, the GRAMMY-winning artist reveals to Bill Whitaker the personal motivations that have driven her success. Whitaker profiles Shakira on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Jan. 5 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“I can really be hard on myself wanting it to be 100 percent perfect,” Shakira tells Whitaker. “I know perfection doesn’t exist, but it’s a lesson I haven’t quite learned yet.”
Two months before the Super Bowl, Shakira invited Whitaker backstage as she prepared for a show at the Davis Cup tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain. It was her only live performance before the Super Bowl and a tune-up for the big event. Behind the scenes, 60 MINUTES cameras captured a hard-charging artist who leaves nothing to chance. She focuses on the finest details, from the style of a backup dancer’s hair to the number of seconds between songs. “If it were up to me, I wouldn’t be celebrating any of my performances,” Shakira says. “There’s always something that I wish would have been done differently and that I could have done better.”
Shakira divulges that her drive for perfection has roots in her upbringing in Barranquilla, Colombia. When she was a little girl, her father’s business went bankrupt, and her family went from financially comfortable to poor overnight. “It was really important to me to vindicate my family’s financial situation and social status and to a point that it became an obsession to me, a healthy obsession, I would say, you know to succeed in life.”
Over her three-decade career, Shakira has sold 80 million records and topped the charts in countries around the world. Her concert tours routinely fill stadiums with adoring fans, but she will play to one of her biggest audiences ever when she performs on her 43rd birthday with Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl. “I think the message is going to be ‘Listen, I’m a woman. I’m a Latina. It wasn’t easy for me to get to where I am,’” she tells Whitaker. “Being at the Super Bowl is proof that anything is possible, that the dreams of a little girl from Barranquilla, Colombia, they were made of something.”
Sharyn Alfonsi reports on Sunday’s 60 MINUTES that Jeffrey Epstein’s body was found by federal correctional officers “at approximately 6:33 AM,” and sources say one of them could be heard saying “Breathe, Epstein, breathe.” Alfonsi also reports on what was found inside Epstein’s jail cell, saying the room was not sparse. There was a lot of bedding, an electrical cord, even pen and paper in the cell that was used to write a note.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was hired by Epstein’s brother, Mark, to investigate his death. Dr. Baden observed the autopsy and believes that Epstein died around 4:30 AM that morning, two hours earlier.
The New York medical examiner has ruled Epstein’s death a suicidal hanging.
Alfonsi investigates the known circumstances of the convicted sex offender Epstein’s death in a federal jail last August for a 60 MINUTES report. Her story will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Jan. 5 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Alfonsi was a guest on CBS THIS MORNING where she previewed an excerpt from the 60 MINUTES story. The transcript from that excerpt is below. Please credit 60 MINUTES.
Alfonsi narration: “Guards found Epstein ‘at approximately 6:33 AM,’ and sources say one of them could be overheard saying ‘Breathe, Epstein, breathe.’ Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the autopsy for the Epstein family, believes that Epstein died around 4:30 that morning. Two hours earlier.”
SHARYN ALFONSI: The guards say they came in at 6:30. They found him. They call emergency services. They tried to do CPR with him, but he’s dead. But rather than leave the body there, they take the body to an emergency room.
DR. MICHAEL BADEN: Yeah.
ALFONSI: Is that normal protocol?
BADEN: No, that’s – not normal protocol. The EMS people normally, and especially in a jail, should not move a dead body.
Alfonsi narration: “He’s right. Bureau of prison protocol mandates a suicide scene should be treated with the ‘same level of protection as any crime scene in which a death has occurred.’”
JEFFREY EPSTEIN – Sharyn Alfonsi reports on new questions about the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in a federal jail cell. Oriana Zill de Granados is the producer.
ANTIBIOTICS ON THE FARM – Lesley Stahl reports on the rise of antibiotic-resistant bugs and their relationship to the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Sarah Koch is the producer.
SHAKIRA – The multiple GRAMMY-winning singer strives for a perfection she admits is impossible. Bill Whitaker profiles Shakira a few weeks before she is scheduled to perform at the halftime show for Super Bowl LIV. Marc Lieberman is the producer.