After the Pitbull-infused rampage that was the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony, the last thing we expected was a fairly normal and straightforward closing show on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

We were wrong.

Shakira took her rightful place as the songstress of the World Cup, headlining a closing ceremony that was fairly normal in its execution and style. In other words, no vegetables were harmed in the making of this ceremony. 

The Colombian singer, beloved for her pitch-perfect 2010 World Cup anthem, was at the centre of a campaign to instill her new song as the official anthem of Brazil, and not the Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Claudia Leitte (for 14 seconds) shout-a-thon. 

Shakira opened the ceremony with that very number, belting out “La La La” with Carlinhos Brown at the centre of the Maracana while dancers shimmied about around her. 

Other performers included Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Alexandre Pires, and Ivete Sangalo. 

The performance was held before the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina (CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup, 3 p.m. ET). 

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    Germany's Andre Schuerrle holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger holds up the World Cup trophy as the team celebrates their 1-0 victor over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    German players celebrate with the trophy after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)

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    Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and head coach Joachim Loew embrace after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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    Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, celebrates after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi walks by the World Cup trophy as he goes on the tribune to collect the second place trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won 1-0.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Germany team celebrate after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi react after Germany's 1-0 World Cup victory in extra time during the final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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    German fans celebrate during a firework after an outdoor screening near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, on July 13, 2014, as Germany won the FIFA World Cup 2014 final football match against Argentina played in Brazil. More than 200,000 Germany fans thronged in central Berlin for the World Cup final, turning an avenue behind the Brandenburg Gate into a sea of black, red and gold flags. Germany won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Germany's forward Mario Goetze (front) celebrates after scoring past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero (back) during extra time of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates with Thomas Mueller after scoring his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze, center right, celebrates after scoring in extra time during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi holds his head after Germany's 1-0 World Cup victory in extra time during the final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    A young Argentina fan reacts after Germany scored a goal against Argentina during the final soccer match of the World Cup, at the at Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze scores his side's first goal against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze kicks to score his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze kicks to score his side's first goal in extra time against Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Germany's bench player celebrate after Germany scored during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze, right, scores the opening goal past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: German fans at Hophaus celebrate the winning goal while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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    Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger comes off the pitch after getting injured during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Rodrigo Palacio of Argentina tussles Philipp Lahm of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Argentina's defender Marcos Rojo reacts after Germany's forward Mario Goetze scored a goal during the second half of extra-time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Germany's Jerome Boateng celebrates after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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    Germany's forward Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring during the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    German fans react as Germany scores during the FIFA World Cup 2014 final football match Germany vs Argentina played in Brazil during an outdoor screening near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, on July 13, 2014. The print on the t-shirt left reads 'The boys need me now'. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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    Germany's Mesut Ozil, centre, holds off Argentina's Lucas Biglia, left, and Lionel Messi during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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    Argentina fans cheer beside a poster with the pictures of their country's soccer legend Maradona and Pope Francis during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero lies on the pitch after grabbing the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)

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    Germany's Mats Hummels, left, Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, and Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes go for a header during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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    Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, and Argentina's Lionel Messi challenge for the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio, left, is challenged by Germany's Mats Hummels during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)

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    Germany's Mario Goetze, left, and Argentina's Martin Demichelis challenge for the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi trips over Germany's Jerome Boateng during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi is tackled by Germany's Jerome Boateng, right, during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi sits on the pitch after regulation time during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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    German fans watch the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi eyes the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    An Argentina fan cheers for his team during the final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany at the at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Germany's Mats Hummels during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi leaves the pitch before the extra time during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) reacts to missing a chance during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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    Argentina's Marcos Rojo, left, and Germany's Andre Schuerrle challenge for the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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    Stewards restrain man who got into the pitch during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)

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    A steward, left, scuffles with man who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    A security man tackles a pitch invader during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, bottom, makes a save on a ball by Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)