Jennifer Lopez was recognized with the People’s Choice Icon Award last night, and she accepted the honor in a Christmas-inspired creation, courtesy of Christian Siriano.
Offering her 133 million followers a first peek at her awards show look on Instagram, Lopez posed in the bright-red ruffled dress, which she paired with a matching red lip, a high voluminous half-ponytail, teardrop earrings, and nude PVC pumps.
“#PeoplesChoiceAwards here I come… ❤️ 💋,” she captioned the post.
During her acceptance speech, Lopez reflected on her decades-long career and how the events of 2020—not limited to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning across the nation—have changed her perspective on what matters most.
“Man, 2020 was no joke, right? I mean, before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveler,” began Lopez in her speech, per People.
“It showed us what mattered, what didn’t. And for me, reinforced what mattered most: People, all of us, together. Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch. I realized that’s what I strive for in everything I do,” continued the star. “To reach people, to touch people. I believe that’s what we all want, those shared experiences to know that we’re not in this alone. Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I’m tired or beaten down, like a lot of us have been this year, it’s my family, friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn’t lift myself. I am so grateful to have you, to have that in my life.”
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Lopez continued, expressing that she hopes her hard work, films, music, and all her endeavors inspire young girls and women to know that they, too, can accomplish the grandest of dreams.
“As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. ‘You can’t be an actress. You’re an actress, what you want to sing? You’re an artist, you won’t be taken seriously as a businesswoman.’ The more that they said I couldn’t, the more I knew that I had to,” said Lopez. “The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colors, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination, and their willingness to never give up. If I have touched you or them in any small way, then this is the greatest award I could ever receive.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US