Years after playing the late Latin music star in the 1997 biopic Selena, Jennifer Lopez hit the stage at the Latin Billboard Music Awards Thursday, paying tribute to the singer once again.
As she sauntered out on stage, J.Lo kicked off her performance with Selena's hit "Como La Flor," singing with a smile in a sequin-covered crop top and bedazzled pants topped with a ruffled overlay. She continued to bring it as Los Dinos (comprised of Selena's widower, Chris Pérez, and her sister and brother) played in a band alongside her.
Even with that touching part of the performance, the Boy Next Door star wasn't done tugging at heartstrings just yet. J.Lo went on to croon another Selena hit - "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" – ripping off the overlay and shaking her hips. Then, she sang more of her big hits, including "I Could Fall In Love," and "Amor Prohibito."
While J.Lo performed, a montage of photos of Selena flashed on the screen. "Hands up for Selena and Los Dinos," J.Lo said to the audience, according to Billboard, which reported that Gregory Nava, the writer and director of the 1997 movie, was in the audience.
J.Lo was visibly emotional near the end of the performance (as were many people in the audience), as she hugged Selena's sister and brother on stage. "We love you Selena," she said, before receiving a standing ovation.
Selena's life was tragically cut short when she was murdered at the age of 23 by the former president of her fan club in 1995. Prior to her death, family band Los Dinos was a staple on stage with the Mexican American Tejano star.
J.Lo previously talked to Billboard about the honor of portraying her in the 90s biopic, saying,"People like that don't come along every day. There is never going to be another Selena."
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