Jennifer Lopez tears up as she accepts Generation Award at MTV Movie and TV Awards

Actor and singer thanked ‘disappointment and failure’ as motivators in speech

Isobel Lewis
Monday 06 June 2022 07:19 BST
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Jennifer Lopez grew tearful as she accepted the Generation Award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

The 52-year-old was honoured at Sunday (5 June) night’s awards show with a prize marking achievements in her career.

“I look at all those movies and I see all the wonderful people that I’ve been blessed to know and to work with,” she told the crowd during her acceptance speech.

“You’re only as good as the people that you work with and if you’re lucky, they make you better, and I have been very lucky in that regard.”

Lopez said that it was lived experience that had made her the actor she was, so she opted for a “different kind of list of thank yous”.

“I want to thank all the people who gave me this life,” she said. “I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the ones who broke my heart. The ones who were true and the ones who lied to me. I want to thank true love and the way that I lied to myself, because that’s how I knew that I had to grow.”

Lopez then thanked “disappointment and failure”, as well as the people who told her she “couldn’t do this”.

J Lo received her award on Sunday

After paying tribute to her kids, she ended the speech: “I’m sorry, I’m so emotional. I get emotional, you guys know me… Ben and everybody at home, wait for me to have dinner. I will be home by seven.”

Lopez and Affleck rekindled their past relationship in 2021 and announced in April that they were engaged.

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