Stars of politics, sport, music at World Cup final

Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday. Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game. Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also in the Maracana Stadium to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time. Celebrities rubbed shoulders at the stadium, starting with Shakira singing…

Shakira to headline at World Cup final

Pop star Shakira will perform before the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, headlining a closing ceremony that includes guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana and rapper Wyclef Jean. Shakira, who is making her third straight World Cup appearance, will sing “La la la (Brazil 2014)” with Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown, FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday. Santana, Wyclef and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires will perform the…

Lopez cancels performance at World Cup opener in Brazil

If you were hoping to watch Jennifer Lopez perform in Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony, you’re out of luck. FIFA officials announced Sunday in a statement to the Associated Press that Lopez has withdrawn from the festivities, and will not perform the official song “We Are One” with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, as previously announced. Soccer’s governing body blamed unspecified “production issues” for Lopez’s withdrawal from the…