Apologies to Lady Gaga, but today’s Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is not just an outdoor Lady Gaga concert with a patriotic star wars and stripes theme. And as such, Lady Gaga can’t perform all the performances. She got the National Anthem, aka the ultimate “This could be good or this could be BAD” song. And Jennifer Lopez gave us a rousing rendition of “This Land Is Your Land.” The land may be your land, but the song was 100% JLo. She decided to give us the remix no one needed today, by name dropping the title of her song “Let’s Get Loud” while hitting the final few bars.
If you’re going to fuck around with the lyrics of “This Land Is Your Land,” your best bet is probably to acknowledge that This Land was technically already someone’s land looooooong before those pilgrim ships arrived. But I digress. JLo sang it word for word, for the most part, while dressed like Ariana Grande’s confirmation sponsor. And at the end, she both slipped in a little bit of “America The Beautiful” and the least-subtle plug for a previously-released song from her own catalog. After singing the words, “from sea to shining sea,” JLo switched from English to Spanish to say to the crowd: “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Then for reasons only known to JLo, and maybe A-Rod or the haunted bottle of olive oil she wishes on to keep her skin wrinkle-free, JLo yelled, “Let’s get loud.” Of course, not just a set of instructions for the crows, but also the title and chorus from her 2000 hit “Let’s Get Loud,” from her debut album On the 6. Then she wrapped up the musical version of a road trip across America with a broken GPS and poor navigation skills.
Here’s the part that immediately brought me back to drinking Smirnoff Ices in lace-crotch jeans and kitten heels, smelling like half a bottle of Glow by JLo perfume:
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And here’s her entire performance:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2021
JLo was doing entirely too much, which is on-brand for JLo, so no critique from me. And maybe yelling the title of the 4th best song from On the 6 was a weird choice to some, but please tell me what other JLo song would have worked? Okay, other than Pitbull popping up and JLo yelling out, “From Boulder, Miami, Lodi to Indio, straight to L.A., New York, Vegas to Arkansas!” But I don’t think the stage could’ve handled that much star power.
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