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A living legend

Jennifer Lopez cries while delivering her emotional speech during the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards

“I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way that I lied to myself because that’s how I knew that I had to grow,” she said

There is no doubt that Jennifer Lopez is a living legend; from her songs, dance movies, outfits, and business ventures, everything she does is pretty epic, including her iconic inspirational speeches.

While accepting the “Generation Award” during the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, JLo glowed as much as her golden popcorn trophy, and her words inspired all the viewers. “I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the ones who broke my heart,” the 52-year-old multifaceted star said.

“The ones who were true and the ones who lied to me,” Lopez continued. “I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way that I lied to myself because that’s how I knew that I had to grow.”

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Honnoree Jennifer Lopez accepts the MTV Generation Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.

Lopez learns from everything that happens in her life; therefore, she thanked the lows in her life, such as “disappointment and failure,” and the highs, such as becoming a mother of her 14-year-old twins Max and Emme.

“I want to thank all the people who told me, to my face — or when I wasn’t in the room — that I couldn’t do this,” Lopez added through tears. “I really don’t think I could’ve done it without you. And I know I couldn’t have done it without the fans who saw the movies.”

“You are the reason that I am here and that I have been here, and I love you!” she said.

According to the media company, the Generation Award celebrates beloved actors whose diverse contributions to film and television have turned them into household names.

Past recipients include Scarlett Johansson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Pratt, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, and the entire Fast & Furious franchise.

The award-winning actress, producer, singer, entertainer, and businesswoman has built billion-dollar brands and has established herself as one of the most influential artists in history. The Nuyorican star is, to date, the only artist to ever have a number one album and number one film simultaneously — she has a cumulative worldwide box-office gross of over $3 billion.

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Jennifer Lopez accepts the Best Song Award for ‘On My Way (Marry Me)’ at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 05, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.

The HOLA! USA Latina Powerhouse has also sold over 75 million records, and her most recent It’s My Party tour sold out in 2019. Jennifer Lopez has been named to the TIME 100 list, Forbes’ “Most Powerful Celebrity,” and was the first to grace People’s cover for “Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

In addition to receiving the MTV Video Vanguard Award, SAG, Critics Choice, and two Golden Globe nominations for her critically acclaimed roles in the box office hit movies Hustlers and Selena, the fashion icon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist has received scores of awards, accolades, and honorariums for her work and philanthropy across multiple platforms.

Lopez has been a beauty ambassador for decades, but in 2021, she launched JLo Beauty, a decades-in-the-making skincare collection formulated to achieve her healthy-looking, glowing skin.


Recently, JLo premiered Marry Me, a film co-starring Owen Wilson and Maluma, along with a soundtrack featuring all the songs from the movie. Her upcoming project, HALFTIME, will premiere on Netflix on June 14th and will document her career and groundbreaking successes in 2019.

There is no doubt that after managing a successful career spanning over two decades at the top of every field, Jennifer Lopez deserves this award.

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