Jennifer Lopez is a bona fide icon—and now she has the award to prove it.
On March 22, the multi-hyphenate accepted the Icon Award at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, where her boyfriend, Ben Affleck; his 10-year-old son, Samuel Affleck; and Lopez’s 14-year-old daughter, Emme Muñiz, showed their support from the front row. The accolade honored J.Lo’s decades-long influence in the entertainment industry as a musician, performer, actress, and business mogul.
She accepted the award onstage while wearing a flowing sheer gown in olive green, created by French haute couture designer Stéphane Rolland. Accessories included jewels from Messika.
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“I love you guys so much. Thank you,” she began her emotional speech. “I wish I could tell you that awards were the most important thing to me, but that’s not true. Don’t think that I don’t appreciate the shiny, sparkly things, because I do. I cannot lie, everybody knows that I do. But this isn’t why I do this. It’s not what matters the most to me. I really do it for you guys.”
J.Lo also credited her success to her legions of loyal fans across the world. “Because of you, I get to do what I love the most in life, and that is the most wonderful blessing,” she said. “That’s the gift you give me, and I just want to say thank you for that.”
She ended the speech with an inspirational mantra. “Icon, I-con, I can overcome negativity, and so can you, every single moment,” she said. “And let me tell you something else, I am just getting started.”
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US