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Jul312018

Jennifer Lopez to receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs

Courtesy MTVJennifer Lopez will be the first Latin performer ever to receive the MTV VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

MTV announced the news live on Tuesday, and J-Lo was in the studio to react

"The whole thing is so overwhelming and to be the first...that's always an amazing thing, because you want everybody to know that they have a fair shot at anything in this life, and if I could be the first to do anything...it's not about me, it's about everybody else.  It's about them," she told MTV's Sway Calloway.

Asked what it meant for her to win an award previously received by the likes of Madonna and Janet Jackson, Jennifer told Sway, "I grew up in the MTV era so I was watching, all the way back from Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna and Janet and Michael and all of them...they were my inspirations to even get into the music business, to do what I did."

"Their videos inspired me to do the videos that I did, so now to be 20 years in and winning this award...it's just mind-blowing," she added, laughing, "I can't! I can't with you right now!"

While J-Lo has been nominated for VMAs since the beginning of her music career in 1999, she's only won two: Best Dance Video for "Waiting for Tonight" and Best Hip Hop Video for "I'm Real." 

In addition, J-Lo's choreography for the TV show In Living Color helped inspire one of this year's Video of the Year nominees: "Finesse" by Bruno Mars and Cardi B.

Her current video, "Dinero," is up for two Moonmen at this year's ceremony, which will air August 20, live from New York City.  Jennifer will perform live on the show for the first time since 2001.

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