Jennifer Lopez received the Generation Award at the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday, June 5. The multi-hyphen broke down as he thanked his fans, his manager, and everyone who inspired his cinematic performances over the years.
Lopez said in her acceptance speech, “I watch these movies, and I see all the wonderful people I’ve had the chance to know and work with. You’re only as good as the people you work with, and if you’re lucky, they make you better. And I’ve been very lucky in that regard. Lopez said that although she’s none of her characters, all of her roles have a part of she in them.
“There were such low moments, I think I carried on more for you than for me.”
“Since you can’t create truth unless you’ve actually lived it, I have a different kind of thank you list tonight,” she said. “I want to thank all the people who gave me this life. I want to thank the people who gave me joy and those who broke my heart. Those who were true and those who lied to me. I want to thank real love, and I want to thank the way I lied to myself, because that’s how I knew I had to grow up.”
“I want to thank disappointment and failure for teaching me to be strong,” she continued. “And my children for teaching me to love.” Lopez cried and continued, “I want to thank everyone who told me — in front of me or when I wasn’t in the room — that I couldn’t do this. I really don’t think I would have. could do it. without you.”
“And I know I couldn’t have done it without the fans who saw the movies,” she added, to cheers from the crowd. She pointed at the fans and said, “You are the reason I am here and I have been here, and I love you.”
Lopez also explicitly thanked her manager, Benny Medina. She said in part, “If there’s a person who’s believed in me from the start, from the first time I played them a little tattered demo of a song I wrote that day , he never let me stop believing in myself. That was him.”
“There were such low moments, I think I carried on more for you than for me,” she told Medina. “You are the true meaning of ride or die.”
At the end of her speech, she called her fiancé, Ben Affleck, who was not with her at the event. “And Ben and everyone at home, wait until I have dinner, I’ll be home at 7 a.m.,” she said before leaving.
Lopez got her first break on the comedy sketch show “In Living Color,” appearing as one of the Fly Girls. In 1997, she starred in “Selena”, playing the late Selena Quintanilla Pérez. J Lo then established herself as a movie star, appearing in films such as “Anaconda” and “Out of Sight”. She starred in classic romantic comedies like “The Wedding Planner,” “Maid in Manhattan,” and “Shall We Dance?” In the 2000s, Lopez appeared in two films with Affleck, “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl.” His other hits include “Monster-in-Law”, “The Boy Next Door” and “Second Act”. In 2019, she starred in the critically acclaimed ‘Hustlers’, and earlier this year she released another romantic comedy, ‘Marry Me’ starring Owen Wilson. And it shows no signs of slowing down. Right now, she’s gearing up for the release of her Netflix documentary, “Halftime.” She will also appear in “Shotgun Wedding” and “The Mother” later this year.
Previous Generation Award winners include Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler.
Earlier in the evening, Lopez also received the Best Song award for “On My Way (Marry Me),” featured in “Marry Me.”