Jennifer Lopez’s 2018 MTV VMAs Performance Was Every Fan's Dream Come True

Rosalie Gross
August 21, 2018

"It's a really special thing to be winning this award".

Cardi B, who opened the night by introducing a Shawn Mendes performance, was another big victor, taking home trophies for the Lopez collaboration, best new artist and song of the summer for "I Like It", which she'd recorded alongside Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

During her acceptance speech, Lopez acknowledged just how much MTV meant to her. "Love live the queen". She called Rodriguez, who filmed her performance with his phone, "my twin soul". Lopez even brought out Ja Rule for a little bit of "I'm Real (Murder Remix)", which she performed back in 2012. "I've seen every single music video of yours". My life is sweeter and better with you in it because you make me realize the sky is not the limit.

Ultimately, she revealed that what she was holding was an award-though it doesn't appear she's won anything quite yet. It was, in a word, baffling: An Aretha Franklin tribute in which the big takeaway was that Madonna once sang the same song she did. well, let's just say the optics weren't great.

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Cardi said she's been blessed with fans "that you can't buy", looking into the camera and shouting an expletive.

After congratulating ex-Fifth Harmony member Cabello on her five nominations, Haddish said sarcastically, "Hi Fifth Harmony". But as soon as Camila stood up onstage next to her, she let her nervous charm pour forth in an effusive speech thanking literally everyone she could think of: fans, family, and director Dave Meyers (who also shared the award a year ago with the Little Homies for Kendrick Lamar's sublime "Humble").

Rapper Logic was joined onstage by dozens of immigrant children and their families wearing white t-shirts saying "We are all human beings", for a performance of his song "One Day". And everyone, find yourself someone who looks at you like A-Rod looks at his bae.

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