‘I’m the People’s Icon’: Jennifer Lopez Reflects on Super Bowl, ‘Hurtful’ Oscar Snub, & More

Published: Thursday 3rd Dec 2020 by Rashad

With two “icon” awards already lining her decorated trophy case (see:  2014 Billboard Music Awards, 2020 People’s Choice Awards), Jennifer Lopez – set to receive the 2020 Icon Award at the 15th annual Billboard Women in Music event – is no stranger to seeing the word associated with her name.

Rightfully so; she’s only generated over $3 billion at the movie box office, sold over 70 million records worldwide, and topped television ratings with multiple shows over her 30-year career.

Reaffirming that status, Lopez is featured in the latest Billboard magazine where she dishes candidly about her show-stopping 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the Academy Award snub for her critically acclaimed role in the 2019 film ‘Hustlers,’ and so much more.

Look inside to see how J.Lo looks back on the year:

ON BEING AN ICON:

I think of an icon as somebody who defines a moment or an era. [Someone like] Barbra Streisand, a singer, actor, producer and a director who wound up defining movies in a different way, because her beauty wasn’t typical. When I started working in my early 20s, it was size 0 models on the cover of magazines. Tall, blonde, white, sometimes Black. But never Latina. I didn’t shy away from being from the Bronx, I didn’t shy away from my humble beginnings. 

ON AGEISM AND SEXISM IN THE INDUSTRY:

“As a woman, people want to write you off: “Who’s the next hot girl?” When you’re an actress, you’re always waiting for that. I decided I’m not going to let that happen. I’m going to keep surprising everybody, and I’m going to keep surprising myself.”

ON OSCAR SNUB:

“It really came to fruition for me when I got snubbed for an Oscar…Because it did hurt. But I realized I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. All I do is try to do something more exciting, more creative and more impactful than I did last time.”

ON HER LEGACY:

“I will always be Jenny from the Block. I’m the people’s icon. I’m the person that you look at and say, “I can do that because she did it.” I am the person that people relate to, the person who’s down to earth, who’s loving and cries and is caring and tough…”

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Click here to read the interview in full.

[photo courtesy:  Ramona Rosales for Billboard]

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ December 3, 2020

    “Tall, blonde, white, sometimes Black. But never Latina. ”

    This is very anti-black

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) December 3, 2020

      Yo stupid comment is very anti latinos💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 It’s not your place to say since u r a white boy 💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️

      • Misty Knight December 3, 2020

        White troll.

    • The More You Know December 3, 2020

      THE ACCURACY

  2. Moose’s Wig December 3, 2020

    People’s icon my a$$. Gurrrl. You can’t sing or act. You don’t write your own $hitty music. You’re famous for dating, being engaged to, marrying, and fuçkïñg lot of men, and dressing like a prosti. You ain’t $hit.

    • Andrew December 3, 2020

      Preach

  3. HELLOKITTY December 3, 2020

    She was “hurt” by being “snubbed” by the Oscars. Her entire response was ridiculous. Her performance was hardly Oscar worthy. She had better hope that it elevated people’s thoughts on acting as in a NON-ACTRESS to a sub-par ACTRESS.

    • Clarks0o0ñ December 3, 2020

      She did a full split in that movie
      A 50 year old woman shouldn’t be doing a full split or dancing on a p0le cause its dangerous

      Jlo deserved that oscar nomination

      • Pu$$yPop$tre$$ December 3, 2020

        @clarksoon

        doing a split at 50 doesnt ‘ warrant an oscar honey. by that merit madonna should have dozens of oscars

  4. MessyBoots December 3, 2020

    J.lo is undoubtedly an icon in entertainment.

    Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of her singing, acting, dancing, fashion etc she has done it all successfully over a very long career.

    She has iconic red carpet looks, music videos, songs (Waiting For Tonight, JFTB etc)

    She was one of the first millenial stars following Liz Taylor’s blueprint to use her name for successful perfume branding. I believe she had the number one album and film in the same week back in 2001 w/ The Wedding Planner and J.Lo album.. homegirl even took a nickname and made that iconic. We have been calling her J.Lo ever since.

    Give her her props/flowers. 🌹👸🏼

  5. chilepleaseee December 3, 2020

    Can she go away for a few years? Take a damn break.

  6. eric December 3, 2020

    If she ever deserved an Oscar nomination, in my opinion it should’ve been for Selena. Hustlers was nothing special; the movie and the acting are forgettable.

  7. Nicky December 3, 2020

    😂 girl shut up and be thankful you’re semi relevant.

    You’re a joke in music
    You’re an average actress

    You steal from Beyonce

    At least you look good!

  8. Erica December 3, 2020

    I’m so confused why she think her performance in hustler deserve an Oscar nomination? It want her best work. I didn’t see any real Oscar moment in the movie. She had a better chance being mad for “Selena” or “enough”

  9. Susan December 3, 2020

    She believes her own hype. She’s a latin icon and thats it. She is never going to win a Grammy or an Oscar, so I don’t know why she let herself believe she would. Just keep dusting off those nickelodeon awards, JLO. That’s all you got.

    • HELLOKITTY December 3, 2020

      @Susan – ” Just keep dusting off those nickelodeon awards, JLO. That’s all you got.” -> hahaha!

  10. Steve December 3, 2020

    The people’s icon? What does that even mean? Dumb…

  11. Slick December 3, 2020

    Damn bunch of haters in this thread.

    Good for Jlo. She earned that s***. Like she said even with her limited abilities she still believed and got her ass up everyday and did it.
    $$$$$ that’s speaks for it self.

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