Actor and singer Jennifer Lopez has become the first Latin artiste to get the coveted ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’. She received the award on Monday night at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA).
“It’s an insane night for me; it’s a really special thing – winning this award. [I’m] honored, it’s just crazy for me. I don’t have words. This is my town, I feel so at home here,” said Jennifer, reported Fox News.
Jennifer Lopez is the seventh woman and the first Latin artiste to claim the award since it was introduced in 1984
Lopez also gave a show-stopping performance for the first time at the VMAs since 2001. She performed on a few of her hits, including Jenny From The Block, I’m Real, Get Right and My Love Don’t Cost a Thing. The singer got emotional as she received the Vanguard Award. The ‘On The Floor‘ singer has also won two awards for her recent song ‘Dinero‘ – Best Collaboration and Best Latin.
In her speech, Lopez said, “I grew up on MTV, and this really is a tremendous honor for me.” She called her career an “incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams and watching them come true”.
The 49-year-old singer also holds the record of becoming the first woman to have a number one album and a film in the same week which was released after her second album ‘J. Lo‘ and movie ‘The Wedding Planner‘.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Lopez would receive this Lifetime Achievement award. The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is presented to music performers for their accomplishments in the film and music industry. The award was renamed in 1991 in the honour of Michael Jackson.
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