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…”
Click here to read the interview in full.
[photo courtesy: Ramona Rosales for Billboard]