Entertainment Movies Jennifer Lopez Thanks Those 'Who Lied to Me' and 'Broke My Heart' at 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards Jennifer Lopez offered a few "different kind of list of thank-yous" as she accepted The Generation Award during the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE since 2016. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 5, 2022 09:47 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jennifer Lopez had a "different kind of list of thank-yous" as she accepted The Generation Award during the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Taking the stage on Sunday at Los Angeles' Barker Hangar to accept her golden popcorn trophy, the 52-year-old actress and singer said, "I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy, and the ones who broke my heart." "The ones who were true, and the ones who lied to me," Lopez continued. "I want to thank true love, and I want to thank the way that I lied to myself, because that's how I knew that I had to grow." The star went on to thank "disappointment and failure for teaching me to be strong," and her children, 14-year-old twins Max and Emme, "for teaching me to love," as she teared up and cheers rang throughout the crowd. "I want to thank all the people who told me, to my face — or, when I wasn't in the room — that I couldn't do this," Lopez added, through tears. "I really don't think I could've done it without you. And I know I couldn't have done it without the fans who saw the movies." For more on the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "You are the reason that I am here and that I have been here, and I love you!" she said. Jennifer Lopez Cries as She Thanks Her Children for 'Teaching Me How to Love' at MTV Movie Awards Jennifer Lopez. Rich Polk/Getty The Generation Award — which Lopez accepted after winning best song earlier in the night — "celebrates beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names," according to a release. Past recipients include Scarlett Johansson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Chris Pratt, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and the entire Fast & Furious franchise. RELATED VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez Accepts Icon Award at iHeartRadio Music Awards as Ben Affleck Beams: "Just Getting Started" Jack Black Dedicates MTV Comedic Genius Award to 'All the School of Rockers Out There' Lopez has a movie career spanning decades. Some of her most memorable roles are as the titular music legend in 1997's Selena, 2019's Hustlers, as well as several romantic comedies over the years including The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and the recent Marry Me. Back in March, the multi-hyphenate star accepted the Icon Award for her music career at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, where she said in part during her emotional speech, "I'm just getting started." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. The 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards are airing live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles. The Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED show begins airing at 10 p.m. ET.