Last night at the MTV VMAs, Jennifer Lopez received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, a trophy presented to recognize an artist’s accomplishments in music videos. I’m surprised that it took so long for MTV to present JLo with the award, since I firmly believe that JLo’s pink velour short-short tracksuit ensemble in the video for “I’m Real” is about as iconic as Michael Jackson turning into a zombie in “Thriller.” Or maybe it is to me, considering it inspired my best friend to work an identical look nearly every day that same summer, despite the fact that she almost caught heatstroke twice from wearing so much velour.
JLo performed a medley of her hits and when she was done, she accepted her award by thanking everyone in her life, including her family and her “two little angels” Max and Emme. Then JLo thanked her boyfriend of about a year and a half, A-Rod. And much like any time JLo and A-Rod are near a photographer, she got cheesy.
“And Alex. You’re like my twin soul. We’re like mirror images of each other. My life is sweeter and better with you in it because you make me realize that every day the sky is not the limit – the universe is infinite, and so is what we can accomplish together with love and trust and understanding. There’s so much more to do – to experience – and there is no one I’d rather do it with. You’re my macho baby and I love you.”
An anxious and confused A-Rod is probably trying to figure out if Twin Soul is the name of a two-person tracking device that was secretly placed in the lining of his coat by girlfriend in an attempt to keep tabs on his whereabouts.
As for JLo’s performance, it served as a really good pseudo-commercial for her Las Vegas show, All I Have. Tons of glitter and gold fabric, and JLo shimmering like a pile of crushed mica. At one point she was joined on stage by Ja Rule, and the crowd went wild. Poor Ja Rule; I hope the noise didn’t spook him too much. After all, the last time people were screaming that loudly for him, they were demanding their money back for the Fyre Festival.
Here’s more of A-Rod and JLo, who looked like what I picture the MTV Moonman’s mistress looks like.