The pop icon stayed true to her sexy, skin-baring sense of style

By Kaitlyn Frey
October 09, 2018 08:19 PM
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There’s never a red carpet that Jennifer Lopez doesn’t slay, and the 2018 American Music Awards were no exception.

The pop icon and actress, 49, hit the red carpet in L.A. wearing an electric pink Georges Chakra Couture halter gown with side cut-outs, a thigh-high slit and black velvet detailing, plus matching velvet platform Jimmy Choo heels, a tousled updo and smoky makeup.

“[The dress] was pretty. Pretty color! It fit nice. I just love it,” Lopez told Entertainment Tonight‘s Keltie Knight on the red carpet. “I feel like it’s soft and it’s a little hard, and it’s kind of like me.”

Meanwhile, for her voluminous updo, hairstylist Chad Wood gave the megastar a little boost at the roots using this power trio: Redken Texture Finishing Spray, ghd Air Hairdryer and ghd Natural Bristle Brush.

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Just last week, Lopez was announced as the latest superstar to join the large roster of performers at Tuesday’s award show, executive produced and hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross for the second consecutive year.

Check out PEOPLE’s full AMAs coverage to get the latest news on one of music’s biggest nights.

The star is scheduled to debut a brand new song from her upcoming movie Second Act, which hits theaters on Dec. 14, and also also stars Leah Remini, Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens. She teased her performance with a trailer for the film on Instagram earlier Tuesday.

“There’s a lot going on in this world right now… what I’ve realized is all you can control is what you do!! Who you are! You can make a difference!! Please remember you are strong, you are powerful, you are LIMITLESS… 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼,” Lopez wrote.

She continued, “Watch a very special performance of my new song for the movie #secondact written by @siamusic for right now for everyone!! TONIGHT ON THE American Music Awards!!! #limitless #secondact #amas(and click the link in my bio to pre-save #LIMITLESS now!)”

2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals
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Lopez joins previously announced performers Shawn Mendes, Zedd, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Mariah Carey, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Carrie Underwood. Taylor Swift will open this year’s show with her song Reputation album, marking her first awards show performance in over three years.

Nearly two weeks ago, Lopez wrapped her All I Have residency show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, with gross ticket sales topping more than $100 million during the show’s 3-year-long run.

The 2018 American Music Awards are airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.