Jennifer Lopez was the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards recipient of the Video Vanguard Award and she celebrated that victory with an epic 10-minute medley of some of her biggest hits: “Waiting for Tonight,” “On the Floor,” “Dance Again,” “Ain’t Your Mama,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Get Right,” “All I Have,” “Jenny from the Block,” “I’m Real (Murder Remix),” “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)” and her latest single “Dinero,” for which she also won Best Collaboration with Cardi B and DJ Khaled. Watch her performance above, and check out the complete list of VMA winners here.
Lopez started her career as a dancer, appearing as a Fly Girl on the sketch comedy series “In Living Color” (one of this year’s Video of the Year nominees, Bruno Mars‘s “Finesse,” was actually a homage to that series). She transitioned to acting in the mid-1990s, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her breakthrough role as the title slain singer in “Selena” (1997) and co-starring with George Clooney in the Oscar nominated film “Out of Sight” (1998). Then in 1999 she released her first single as a recording artist, “If You Had My Love.”
Out of 21 VMA nominations Lopez had received before 2018, she only won two of them competitively: Best Dance Video for “Waiting for Tonight” (2000) and Best Hip-Hop Video for “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” (2002). Her Video Vanguard and Best Collaboration victories on Monday night were her first prizes in 16 years and in one night they doubled her total career VMA haul. It seemed like no one was more surprised by that than her. What did you think of her performance and her victories? Comment below, and join the VMAs discussion in our forums.