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J-Lo Receives iHeart Radio 2022 Icon Award: Look + Listen

On Tuesday night (3.22) Jennifer Lopez was presented with this year’s Icon Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and took the opportunity to offer a heartfelt thank you to her fans.

“I appreciate this so much, so very, very much.” “I wish I could tell you that awards were the most important to me, but that’s not true. And don’t think that I don’t appreciate the shiny, sparkly things, because I do! I cannot lie, everybody knows that I do. But this isn’t why I do this. It’s not what matters most to me. I really do it for you guys.”

“Because of you, I get to do what I love the most in life and that is the most wonderful blessing.” “That’s a gift that you give me and I just want to say thank you for that. Thank you to everyone who comes to a show, streams a song, sees a movie, follows me. You guys are the ones who give me the opportunity every day to live a life I couldn’t even imagine would come true when I was a little girl growing up in the Bronx.”

“You did that for me. You made that dream come true. I’m shaking! And I will always be grateful to each and every one of you for that. And I will never forget it, and I will never, ever take it for granted. So I want to say thank you to every one of you for believing in me when other people didn’t, even when I didn’t. Thank you for teaching me who I really am.”

To wrap up her emotional speech, the Marry Me movie star offered her own acronym for the word “icon,” which she said stood for “I can overcome negativity,” and “Let me tell you something else,” she concluded. “I’m just getting started.”

After accepting her statue, the now 52- year old Lopez hit the stage for an incredible version of “On My Way,” from her movie current Marry Me movie which she sang surrounded by drag queens dressed in some of her most iconic looks from over the years, including the green Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards

She then performed her 2005 hit “Get Right” while wearing a long white coat with a train emblazoned with the words “Equality” in black.

Ahead of the award show, hosted by rap legend/actor LL Cool J, a press release detailed that Lopez would be recognized for, “her impact on pop culture, longevity and continued relevance as a touring and radio force.”

The star was interrupted several times by the roaring crowd, which included beaming boyfriend Ben Affleck, who stood as he clapped, his son Samuel, 10, and Lopez’s daughter Emme, 14.

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Author: Saul Goode

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