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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

In a show that felt flat, Jennifer Lopez gets emotional at MTV VMAs

Her medley performance consisted of her hit songs such as Jenny from the Block, I'm Real and All I Have

Jennifer Lopez performs during the 2018 MTV VMAs. Lucas Jackson / Reuters 
Jennifer Lopez performs during the 2018 MTV VMAs. Lucas Jackson / Reuters 

With most of music industry's top acts absent, the two-hour MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat — and it was up to a pop veteran to bring the house down.

Jennifer Lopez, who earned the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, provided the night's most energetic performance as she gave a lengthy performance of her hit songs.

She started off slow — Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's unamused faces perfectly captured the vibe — but she hit a strong stride when she sang old smashes like Jenny from the Block, I'm Real — where Ja Rule joined her onstage — and All I Have, which showed the skilled dancer's vocal range.

But Lopez's speech was more stirring than her powerful performance: She was emotional as she thanked her children and beau Alex Rodriguez onstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Show - Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018 - Jennifer Lopez accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as presenter Shawn Mendes applauds. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Jennifer Lopez accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

She was teary-eyed and looked at her "two little angels," as she called them, and said, "I stand here stronger and better than ever ... so thank you Max and Emme." She called Rodriguez, who filmed her performance with his phone, "my twin soul."

"My life is sweeter and better with you in it," she said.

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