Jennifer Lopez’s avant-garde Versace denim boots she donned in our office had everyone going head over heels, but her outfit was probably the last thing on her mind, as she was still trying to process some exciting news. In fact, right before she came into our studio, it was announced that Lopez would be receiving the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award later this month.
When asked about the honor, Lopez said that she was overwhelmed when she received the news.
“I think I shed a tear,” she told Music Choice. “My mom was with me when they told me. I was like, ‘Mom!’ and she was like, ‘I know!’ We’re very mushy like that, though.”
Lopez’s music career has spanned over 27 years, with her first gig being a backup dancer for a New Kids on the Block performance in 1991. Following a breakout role in Selena, Lopez’s popularity soared when she released her first album, On the 6, with one of the greatest singles of the ’90s, “If You Had My Love.”
The “Dinero” singer has won some of music’s top awards and achievements and has made her mark in the Latin community.
“I watched Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen and Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and Madonna and all these people who made all of these great videos and that was always my dream,” she says.
“And then you had the Latin explosion with Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, and Marc Anthony, it was just such a great time and then now to be doing it still 20 years later and have a new song out and be getting this award that some of my heroes have gotten.”
Lopez is the first Latin artist to receive the honor and will be joining her music idols as recipients of the award.
“I’m speechless and so excited.”
Watch her talk about the Vanguard award below: