Jennifer Lopez shimmered in sexy silver gown last night at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The pop icon was awarded the Video Vanguard Award, making history as the first Latinx artist to ever receive the lifetime achievement award. She joins the ranks of Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Madonna. "I grew up on MTV, and this really is a tremendous honor for me," she said in a heartfelt acceptance speech.
At 49-years-old, J.Lo has enjoyed an illustrious career as a singer, actress, dancer, and producer, as well as a super successful Las Vegas residency. “Music, acting, performing, this career has always been an obsession for me,” she said with her award in hand. Referring to everyone who told her to focus on one thing, Lopez responded, "I always had it in mind, 'Why not?' … I always kind of had to forge my own path and make my own rules." She also gave a shout out to her children, for whom she said made her a stronger woman, and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, who made her believe that "the sky is not the limit."
But before accepting the award, Lopez took to the stage to perform a near 15-minute medley of her greatest hits, including “Waiting for Tonight,” “Let’s Get Loud,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” After a quick costume change, she came back on stage to perform “Jenny From the Block” and “I’m Real,” with a surprise appearance from Ja Rule, before ending with her latest hit, “Dinero.” Needless to say, the guest of honor did not disappoint, reminding us why she was being honored in the first place, and fans applauded well into her acceptance speech.
Rewatch her showstopping performance below.