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Jennifer Lopez Tearfully Accepts Icon Award at 2022 iHeartRadio Awards: ‘I’m Just Getting Started’

Jennifer Lopez was honored with the Icon Award at the 2022 iHeartRadio Awards on Tuesday evening (Mar. 22), walking out on stage to accept her award in plunge V-neck olive dress, reminiscent of her famous Versace dress that made headlines at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

“I wish I could tell you awards are the most important thing to me, but thats not true,” she said to the crowd at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. “Don’t think I don’t appreciate the shiny, sparkly things, because I do!”

“That’s not why I do this,” she continued, tears welling up in her eyes. “I do it for you guys. Because the love you give me, and the appreciation and kindness, and the way you let me into your lives, even in a small way, means the most.”

Now and forever… an ICON @JLo #iHeartAwards2022 ❤️💍 pic.twitter.com/lA0SJT5Z5I

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 23, 2022

“You did that. You did that for me. You made that dream come true,” she said. “Thank you believing in me even when I didn’t. Thank you for teaching me who I really am. Icon! I can overcome negativity and so can you every single moment.”

Lopez concluded her speech with a promise: “Let me tell you something else, I’m just getting started.”

The speech was met with a standing ovation, with Lopez’s two children and boyfriend, Ben Affleck, in the front row. The iHeartRadio Icon Award previously went to Bon Jovi (2018) and Elton John (2021).

You know #BenAffleck had to show up and support @JLo 😉❤️👏 #iHeartAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/T1socRzdxf

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 23, 2022

Lopez then went on to perform a medley of hits, introduced by Billy Porter and a catwalk of drag stars flaunting a fashion show of the Icon Award recipient’s most beloved looks, from the aforementioned Versace dress to her “Jenny From the Block” music video look and many more.

Lopez then appeared on a platform that read “Equality,” and went on perform “Get Right” and her latest single, “On My Way,” from her recent romantic comedy, Marry Me.

Even though she’s forever an ICON, she’ll always be Jenny From The Block 💕 @JLo #iHeartAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/6zQnwdmho0

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 23, 2022