Jennifer Lopez, in full Jennifer Lynn Lopez, byname J.Lo, (born July 24, 1969,New York), American actress and musician who began appearing in films in the late 1980s and quickly became one of the highest-paid Latina actresses in the history of Hollywood. She later found crossover success in the music industry with a series of pop albums.
Lopez was selected as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block in 1991 and performed with them during their performance of “Games” at the 18th Annual American Music Awards.Shortly after, Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on the television program In Living Color. She applied for the job after one of the cast members was unable to continue with the show.
Lopez ventured into the music industry in 1999 with her debut studio album On the 6, which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight”. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her romantic comedy The Wedding Planner in 2001, Lopez became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week.
Despite having previously worked with the film’s director on My Family, Lopez was subjected to an intense auditioning process before she was cast in the film.Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times stated that even in the “forgettable films” Money Train, and Jack, Lopez’s “presence and ability made her seem just one role away from stardom” and with Selena she’s “seized the opportunity and turned in an incandescent presentation that is especially strong during the film’s numerous musical numbers”.
According to author Ed Morales in The Latin Beat: The Rhythms And Roots Of Latin Music From Bossa Nova To Salsa And Beyond (2003), Lopez’s music explores the “romantic innocence” of Latin music, while strongly identifying with hip hop.Growing up, she was influenced by Latin styles ranging from salsa to bachata, but it was the 1979 hip hop song “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang that she said changed her life.
Lopez’s return to prominence the following year with her single “On the Floor”—among the best-selling singles of all time, and its music video recognized as the “Highest Viewed Female Music Video of All Time” by Guinness World Records in 2012—is regarded as one of the greatest musical comebacks in history.In 2013, she was presented with the prestigious landmark 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her musical contributions,and Univision presented her with the World Icon Award in its Premios Juventud.
Lopez was surprised by the enormous media coverage, declaring that she had no idea “it was going to become such a big deal”.This dress was the main reason that the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt said they invented a way to search for images, creating Google Images.Lopez returned to the big-screen in August, starring in the psychological thriller The Cell opposite Vincent D’Onofrio.
From February 22, 1997, to January 1998, she was married to Cuban waiter Ojani Noa.Since their brief marriage, Lopez has endured many legal troubles regarding her relationship with Noa. In April 2006, she sued to prevent him from publishing a book about their marriage, contending that it violated their confidentiality agreement.
While working on her first album, On the 6, Lopez began dating record producer and rapper Sean Combs. On December 27, 1999, the couple was arrested along with two others in connection with a shooting outside the Times Square Club in New York. They were charged with criminal possession of a weapon as well as stolen property. Lopez was soon exonerated, having had nothing to do with the crime.
For her contributions to the music industry, Lopez has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Billboard Icon Award among other honors. Her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, a production company, and a charitable foundation. She has been divorced three times and gave birth to twins in 2008 with then-husband Marc Anthony.
In February 2008 Lopez gave birth to twins, her first children and Anthony’s fourth and fifth. She returned to the big screen in The Back-up Plan (2010), a romantic comedy in which she starred as a single woman who finds Mr. Right after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination. Lopez later served (2011–12, 2014–16) as a judge on the television talent show American Idol.
Top 10 Jennifer Lopez Songs
1 “If You Had My Love” (1999)
2 “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull (2011)
3 “Waiting For Tonight” (1999)
4 “Dance Again” featuring Pitbull (2012)
5 “I’m Real” (2001)
6 “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” (2000)
7 “Jenny From the Block” featuring Styles P and Jadakiss (2002)
8 “All I Have” featuring LL Cool J (2003)
9 “Get Right” (2005)
10 “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea (2014)