Jennifer Lopez Brought Out Ja Rule for Her MTV Video Vanguard Performance

Oscar Cross
August 21, 2018

There were also bits of other artists' hits such as Drake's "Nice For What" and Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" threaded into the mega-mix.

However, a promised tribute to Aretha Franklin following her death last week at age 76 consisted only of a speech by Madonna and a brief video clip from Franklin's early career.

It was Madonna who presented Camila with the award for video of the year.

Camila dedicated her award for artist of the year to her fans. And Gambino picked up best direction, choreography and video with a message for his heralded video "This Is America". After singing a few more songs, Jennifer added a white fur coat when she started singing "All I Have" in her medley of hits, which was a flawless throwback to the wintry feel of the music video from so many years ago.

She said: "Welcome to NY everybody, I am the empress, the liberals voted for me". "Because I thought you playing 'On the Floor, ' and you were playing 'El Anillo.' I can not recognize my own songs. Love live the queen".

"I grew up on MTV, and this is really a tremendous honor for me", she said.

Taking the stage, Lopez, 49, performed a medley of hits that ranged from "I'm Real", complete with a cameo from Ja Rule, to this year's "Dinero", spanning the many decades of her celebrated career.

There were a few highlights. The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award victor then transitioned to another hit - "On the Floor" - as the stage exploded with neon lights, fireworks and fog bursts.

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She also acknowledged her Alex Rodriguez.

"My life is sweeter and better with you in it", she said.

NY rapper Cardi B, 25, made her first public appearance since giving birth to her first child in July.

Of course, the VMAs have always been about "moments" as much as awards themselves, and, as was the case previous year, these didn't offer a flashpoint like Miley Cyrus twerking or Kanye West barging into a Taylor Swift speech with the immortal words, "I'ma let you finish".

She then waved to the group down the camera as they weren't at the awards.

She hit back at the comedian, jumping to the defence of Normani - another member of the band.

Minaj, who has been a trending topic this week after she madly tweeted about why her new album debuted at No. 2 behind Travis Scott, also provided the first bleeped moment of the night when she told the audience to listen to her Apple Music radio show this week to hear "who the (expletive) of the day award is going to".

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