Move Your Body! Jennifer Lopez Opens the AMAs with Show-Stopping Performance
The singer did a dance number set to the year's biggest hits
Jennifer Lopez put it all out on the floor.
The star, 46, was on double-duty at the 2015 American Music Awards Sunday night, acting as both the host and musical opener.
Lopez – decked in a sequined bodysuit – kicked off the AMAs with a soaring, slowed-down take on her 1999 hit “Waiting for Tonight.”
“Wait, don’t clap. Tonight’s not about me. Tonight is about the music!” Lopez told the audience after her shortened version of the song.
“This year’s music makes me want to dance: Do ya’ll wanna dance with me? This is a party. Let’s dance!” she said, launching into a dance party set to the year’s biggest biggest hits – from Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” to Drake’s new “Hotline Bling” – with an impressive backup squad.
Then, as the mash-up came to an end with Rihanna‘s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” bills rained from the ceiling in lieu of confetti and streamers.
After the awards show returned from its first commercial, Lopez told the crowd that, as a little girl, “I watched this show every year” and that performances by icons like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince motivated her to get into showbiz.
“This show truly inspired me and made me dream someday I would be one of the lucky ones who would perform on this stage for fans of music everywhere,” she said. “That’s why we all do this: to touch your hearts and give joy to you with our music. My dream has come true.”