Jennifer Lopez will be the first Latin artist to be awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, an accomplishment she never imagined would happen.
Speaking to Amy Robach on “Good Morning America”, the superstar said she never thought she would be in the same company as artists such as David Bowie, Madonna, and Beyonce, all of whom are former Vanguard Award winners.
“When I went to my first VMAs, I was nominated for Best New Artist at the time,” she remembered. “I was nominated for four awards that night. I didn’t win anything.”
She explained that she was just happy to be at the party and to have the chance to continue doing what she loves, evolving and growing as an artist. “To be recognized in that way… along with your idols, you know, is awesome.”
Lopez, who will also be performing at the VMAs for the first time since 2001, talked about wanting to showcase her 20-year career, in “less than 10 minutes.”
“I just want to give the best performance I can give that night,” she said. “One that shows who I was and who I am today.”
She said she wants her kids in the audience at the show but it would mean missing their first day of school, so she has been debating what to do. Robach reasoned that the occasion is worth missing one day of school.
“Aunt Amy says let them go,” Robach said.
The “Jenny From The Block” hitmaker, who recently turned 49, also talked about her joint birthday celebration with her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez. The pair went on a family vacation with their kids and closest friends.
“We celebrated together. Alex’s birthday’s on the 27th, mine’s on the 24th, so we have like a Leo week…. We’ve done a big party the past few years, so we were just like, ‘Let’s go away somewhere and relax.'”
The MTV Video Music Awards airs Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.