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Video Vanguard Honoree Jennifer Lopez And A-Rod’s Love For Her Slayed The 2018 MTV VMAs

Last night’s 2018 MTV Video Music Awards was all the more exciting and relevant because of Jennifer Lopez. She owned the show and it’s not just because she accepted Video Vanguard Award, but because of her legacy.

Let’s break down how the Bronx queen slayed this year’s MTV award show.

J.Lo showed up on the red-carpet in a spectacular silver gown.

Her long blond hair and glitzy dress reminded us a lot of Dontella Versace, which is fitting because it was a Versace gown.

As Vogue notes, the dress is inspired by the Spring 2018 Gianni Versace tribute collection, however, J.Lo’s “dress appeared to be custom-made for the star.”

And of course she arrived with her hot date, Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod makes some very nice arm candy, tbh.

He even took the role of Instagram husband very seriously and took all of the photos.

Get you a man who will do anything to get you that perfect shot.

She was also accompanied by her adorable children who had fangirl moments all their own.

Who wouldn’t be excited to meet the one and only Camila Cabello?

But the real show is when J.Lo came out for her Video Vanguard Award performance.

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Even A-Rod couldn’t believe that performance J.Lo was giving.

He looks like someone who is really in love and so proud of their partner.

The iconic singer is the first Latina to be awarded the Video Vanguard Award.

She made history. Previous recipients include: David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, U2, Rihanna and more great artist, like J.Lo.

Her 10-minute medley performance featured a ton of our favorite J.Lo hits.

She performed bits of “Waiting for Tonight,” “Get On the Floor,” “Booty,” “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” “Get Right,” “I’m Real” and “Dinero.”

Everyone from her mom to Cabello, and Cardi B were getting down to J.Lo.

The magic of her performance literally oozed out of our televisions and computers.

Of course Ja Rule made an appearance for “I’m Real” because how could you not?

This performance gave the audience so much life.

But the sweetest part was when J.Lo gave her speech and got deep about A-Rod.

Look ar her “macho” getting all sentimental as she showers him with love and praise. Every powerful woman needs a man behind her to support her.

“I grew up on MTV and this is really a tremendous honor for me,” J.Lo said in her speech.

“It has been an incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams and then watching them come true,” J.Lo told the audience. “Music, acting and performing, this career has always been an obsession for me. I always had it in my mind, I was always the person like, ‘Why not?…I was obsessed like that, and I like it that way for a while, just working and working a working.”

Tissue, we need tissue.


READ: We Ranked JLo’s Top 25 Music Videos And Here It Is

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

Through the power of TikTok, Kali Uchis is taking her song “Telepatía” to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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