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After Her Performance At The Billboard Latin Music Awards, They Should Just Change It To The “J.Lo Awards”

Jennifer Lopez has been having a big couple of months: she’s starring in the TV crime drama “Shades of Blue,” dating retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez, and appearing in interviews on just about every talk show on television. She’s also performed in the Dominican Republic and is working on her next Spanish-language album with ex-husband Marc Anthony. How much more excitement can you take?


Well, in the case of J.Lo, more, always more.


Last night, the Billboard Latin Music Awards aired on Telemundo. Lopez stole the show over and over again.

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First, she showed up looking like a million bucks.

Then she performed a new song, “Mirate,” from her forthcoming album produced by ex-husband Marc Anthony.

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“Mirate” is a bit of a sorrowful song, which seems to work for Lopez most when releasing music in Spanish. One of her biggest hits in Spanish to date is her break up duet with Marc Anthony, “No Me Ames.”

Later in the show, she accepted “El Premio de la Estrella” awarded for all of her work and excellence.

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In her best Nuyorican Spanish, she accepted the award as Marc Anthony looked on with a big smile.

Anthony also shouted her out when he took the stage.

Admitting that it was J.Lo’s night, he congratulated Lopez before sharing some words of inspiration from his mamá while he accepted an award of his own.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, J.Lo dished on everything from working with Anthony to how A.Rod responds to her music.

She also said “J-Rod” isn’t all that clever of a name, ya’ll, because they thought of it before all of us, so there.

We can’t wait for that new album to drop.

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Weeeeepa!

[H/T] Jennifer Lopez Says Alex Rodriguez ‘Loves’ Her New Music: ‘Every Time I Finish Something I Want Him to Hear It’

READ: Good Thing Times Have Changed Because If I Had Behaved Like J.Lo’s Son Max Did On Ellen, Yikes!


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Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

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Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

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Everyone and their mother has come to know who Lil Nas X is through their favorite country channel or literally anywhere on social media. Lil Nas X’s country hit “Old Country Road” is meaningful for a number of reasons. It means that the King of Country is a black man. When he came out as gay on World Pride Day, it broke another barrier in country music–proving its fans aren’t as backward as the stereotype suggests.

This week, Lil Nas X just broke another seemingly unbeatable record: “Old Country Road” officially dethroned Mariah Carey’s 1995 classic “One Sweet Day” as the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. While Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” was settled into the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1995, “Old Country Road” just hit 17 weeks. 

Mariah Carey, being the classic queen that she is, photoshopped this metaphorical “passing of the torch” to congratulate Lil Nas X.

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In a heartfelt social media post, Carey penned to Lil Nas X directly, “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”

She also shared a BTS video of the recording of “One Sweet Day” and fans are paying their own tributes to the classic.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find any of her lambs talking shade on Lil Nas X. One fan commented, “queens supporting queens. we stan.” Others are trying to support Mariah by saying she still holds the record for female artist with the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

The Lambs 4 Life club is taking this moment to add Mariah’s music to their gratitude list.

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One fan even attributes the song to saving her life, tweeting that “one sweet day saved me when I lost the most important people in my life back in 2012, I was going to end it all but I heard it on the radio and I felt like it was my message to keep on living  and that’s what I did, it will always hold a special place in my heart so thank you mc.”

Another fan shared the heartbreaking meaning “One Sweet Day” will always hold in his family’s hearts: “My younger cousin was four when he passed away and One Sweet Day was first released. His mother still plays it to this day to commemorate his memory at every major gathering. Thank you and Boyz II Men for giving us this wonderful song, it will always mean so much to our family.”

Meanwhile, others are remembering what it was like to listen to that song on cassette.

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Some think that the song will never truly be dethroned because of the way streaming services are able to account for how many times a song is played. You can’t count how many times a cassette tape was played. One fan said, “I promise I’m not hating, but Mariah achieved this without social media, hype, clout, etc., so the record will never be broken in my eyes. These artists today have way more avenues and tactics to get their music out there and heard.”

Some fans are just not letting go of that torch.

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They’re all-caps shouting, “TAKE IT BACK” at the singer and “a timeless song by a timeless angel, it’ll always be the longest-running number one in my heart.”

One fan felt like the thread was a memorial for the song and just had to say it, “You act like the song Died.. It Didn’t.. The World has changed.. just think if you had tools like Social Media.. Pandora.. YouTube Twitter Back Then..”

The rest of the lambs are rooting for beating that record all over again with the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Plus, take it from this fan who is transcending the meaning of competition with this thought: “One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Time changes and so is the taste of listeners, however the inspiration and hope that it brought to the world will never be surpassed by anything and will not be define by a number. #OneSweetDay”

Felicidades to Lil Nas X and to Mariah Carey for being timeless.

READ: Mariah Carey Hinted That She Is Open To Collaborating With Lil Nas X And People Are Freaking Out

On Her 50th Birthday, 15 Women Of Color Tell Us What Jennifer Lopez Means to Them

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On Her 50th Birthday, 15 Women Of Color Tell Us What Jennifer Lopez Means to Them

There are few Latinas who have made as big of an impact on the world of pop culture as Jennifer Lopez. From her days as a Fly Girl to the triple-threat who has sold over 80 Million records worldwide that she is now, JLo is a global icon. The Boricua has made headlines with her jaw-dropping fashions, star-studded relationships, and her elaborate performances. Lopez has done all this while repping the Latinidad and supporting her Puerto Rican roots.

On July 24th, the diva hits another huge landmark: she’s turning 50! With her upcoming birthday, it’s the perfect time for us to reflect on the impact JLo has had on us as fans, on the Latinidad, and on pop culture. We asked women of color to share what the star means to them.

Here’s what they had to say about JLo.

1. The icon who never gives up on her dreams.

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“JLO is an icon for all women, especially for minorities. She is a woman who doesn’t give up, who set big goals and meets them. Someone many young girls look up to and she allows them to keep dreaming.” — Karina Magallon, Body Activist

2. The Selena connection.

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“To me, she will always be tied to my love of Selena, she did so well in that role, I felt closer to Selena as a child. It seems silly, but the loss of my first hero felt less tragic because all I needed to do was watch the movie and I wouldn’t be sad anymore. So Jennifer Lopez allowed me to cope because of her great acting ability.” — Sonya, Houston

3. A celebration of la cultura.

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“I saw myself on screen for the first time in JLo. She celebrated my values, my features, and my culture unapologetically. I was too young to know Selena when she was alive, but JLo’s performance enabled me to know two Latina queens 👑 She gave me the confidence to go after my goals in the most fierce way possible 🔥💪🏽” — @getitgens

4. Body positive legend.

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“I just wanted to be her, that’s all. I was made fun of for a big butt growing up. She definitely helped my feel more comfortable with my body, then big butts became a thing and I was like💃🏽🍑 🖕🏼” — @kailababykakes

5. Her lyrics keep us singing.

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“Sis, my love don’t cost a thannngg 🙌🏽” — @princessdianae

6. She’s an inspiration to her fans.

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“In SO MANY WAYS! She is my idol and a great source of inspiration — I see myself represented by her and feel so connected to her. ❤️” — @natalieacorrea

7. Fly Girls unite!

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“Latina or not – she’s the reason I wanted to be a Fly Girl” — @zerowasteco

8. Confidence Queen.

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“I have always listened to JLo growing up. She definitely made me feel confident about myself. I love her💜” — @sydsdanceworld_

9. Her body represented a cultural shift.

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“She became popular around the same time that movies like ‘The Craft’ had a skinny white actress complaining about her butt being too big. As JLo’s popularity grew, so did acceptance of fat asses, and at least SOME curves. She helped end the whole heroine chic look…I appreciated the effect her body had on influencing changes society.” —@lilith.cenobite

10. Forever family-focused.

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“Of course I’ve been a fan of JLo since back in her Selena days, but what really resonates with me is her focus on her family. The co-parenting she and her ex do with their twins seems genuinely good-natured and aimed at keeping their twins happy and loved. All of the pictures she shares of her family on Instagram always make me smile because her family looks so full of love.” — @teoami

11. Her music represents the sounds of the Latinidad.

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“I like that she is there to represent the Latino/a community, gives a little taste of the music and sound that we hear/listen to.” — @wickedly76

12. Success is the name of the game.

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“As an Afro-Latina, I didn’t really see a lot of women who fell into a category of being Black and Latina at the same time. But as a Boricua, I still looked up to J.LO so much. I saw her success and it felt tangible for me. If she could look like she did and have success, I thought maybe I could too.” — Veronica, Chicago

13. The honest misunderstanding.

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“I hated her (at first) because I was too young to understand that she was just playing role and not trying to replace Selena 😂😂😂” — @ceegetsfit

14. Two Words:

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“Hoop earrings” — kaycasti

15. THE Latina Fashionista

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“I grew up in a house with a mother who dressed relatively conservatively. (Like she literally wears pearl studs and a cardigan every day.) It’s a style that I’ve always admired and has had a huge influence on my own dress but I do remember seeing J.Lo when she was in her earlier days and really feeling so in awe of her style. Any new trend she was sporting on a magazine cover I was too. I remember seeing her on a Cosmo cover when I was a little girl wearing white and I still try to find dresses like that!” -Akportee / Instagram