Jennifer Lopez “copies” Britney Spears at the AMAs: crass or cute?

Jennifer Lopez made a “triumphant return” to the American Music Awards last night – she performed a medley of her hits “Until It Beats No More,” “Papi” and “On the Floor.” We only have photos of Jennifer’s post-performance gown, though – it’s this interesting Zuhair Murad gown that… I kind of love. I would hate this gown on nearly anyone else, but Jennifer comes really close to pulling it off. It’s a weird effect, but it’s good on her. I just wish J.Lo hadn’t gone full Croydon Facelift.

Anyway, about the medley – Jennifer wore Giambattista Valli at first, and then everything came off in layers until she was “performing” in a nude bodysuit with sparkles, much like Britney Spears’s infamous VMA performance more than a decade ago. Here’s a pretty good video of J.Lo’s performance – if the video gets deleted, I’ll try to find another one:

People are making a big deal about Jennifer “copying” something so iconic from Britney, but as a casual follower of Jennifer’s hit-or-miss performances, I can say that this is not even the first time Jennifer has performed in a nude bodysuit with sparkles – bitch loves catsuits and bodysuits, and this is nothing new. Still, I guess it’s interesting to see a 42 year old woman do the sparkly bodysuit thing.

Jennifer also won favorite Latin Artist, AND she got a standing ovation for her performance. Oh, J. Lo. One last thing: did anyone else notice the crassness with which Jennifer shilled for Fiat during her performance? She has a contract with Fiat, she put Fiat in her music video for “Papi” and she actually did a commercial for Fiat. And now she’s pulling Fiats into her live performances. I don’t begrudge an artist for “selling out,” but Jesus, even I find this incredibly crass.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Blueflie says:

    Is it me or does Pitbull look like he had a Milkbone in his pants?

  2. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think she looks good, she has a great body so why not show it off, Remember gravity will eventually set in for all of us so why not embrace what you got before it’s all gone. I especially like the look from the back…Not the jump suit the gown, I did not look at the video, her performances make me squirm.

  3. Hautie says:

    Jennifer is slightly obsess with those glitter bodysuits. And none of them have been flattering.

    What I find amazing is that Lopez decided to give Pittbull a little crotch rub with her ass on live TV…

  4. Jackie says:

    she is making a fool of herself. from the shameless fiat commercial during her performance to the the bad lip synching, it is so awful.

    i know aging is hard to accept, but her body is not nearly as tight as it use to be (which is natural for a woman in her 40′s), so it’s looking rather pathetic…not sexy. evolve jlo!

    • Leigh says:

      100% agree!
      Her outfits and choreography are showing her age.
      The Fiat thing is so pathetic.

      • gg says:

        I have always failed to see why she even has a music career. The “songs” she “sings” are CRAP. Disco repetetive, shake it, shake it, etc. Absolute bland drivel. Totally throw-away. Her bad style is usually showing at least 85% of the time as well. I like this dress better than her usual unflattering clothes though.

  5. Marjalane says:

    Just last night I saw the ludicrous Fiat commercial with Jlo-while wearing a trademark skank gown- driving herself to some event. And is she ever going to get over using her fierce Latina look when she’s being photographed?

    • Orange Cone says:

      oh so we’re suppose to believe ‘she drove herself’ to an event?- advert fail!

      and she doesnt look that constipated in these pictures but yeah, she needs to stop.

  6. birdie says:

    Wow ok.. first: The dress is ugly!
    In her performance: She couldn’t open the car first and more importantly: Pitbull had a major boner!
    The performance was good though! She still got it!

  7. brin says:

    She’s overexposed in every way.

  8. autumndaze says:

    Jennifer Lopez certainly thinks alot of Jennifer Lopez, doesn’t she? Is there a more narcissistic celebrity out there?
    She has very little talent other than looking good for 40.

  9. NM9005 says:

    Wow, I’m so impressed with that performance. I don’t care if she lypsincs because she makes up with a stellar dance performance! She can still dance her ass off and I feel like people don’t give her credit for it anymore. They always mention her age and what she wears but she’s an artist after all, you can’t perform with a thick coat and some jeans on. Just saying. I’d rather see that than a half drugged Britney who doesn’t like performing anymore. Or a Katy Perry who can’t sing at all and tries to be all cutesy/weird on stage. At least JLo has the spirit and energy to make these kinds of performances. She’s a diva bitch but that girl tries and succeeds and then they go look for something to break it down. She loves what’s she’s doing and I just think that recommendable =).

    • Fetch80 says:

      Amen! IMO it’s like love scenes in movies, it’s just acting, everyone would also complain if she performed wearing jeans and a coat calling her frumpy. She can’t win.

    • Q says:

      A Jennifer Lopez fan slayig another artist’s singing abilites.

      • NM9005 says:

        I’m not a fan but it doesn’t kill a person to recognize effort and dedication.

        @bluhare: she is dancing so that would be a sweaty unsexy mess. If she’s singing ballads and such like Adele I would say “keep the clothes on” but this kind of routine asks for easy and yes revealing outfits.

      • anon says:

        NM9005 says:
        I’m not a fan but it doesn’t kill a person to recognize effort and dedication.

        I agree with you. I am not a fan either
        but she does put in energy and effort; enough to have gotten into the business from the Bronx. Sad that there are so few truly talented artists these days. (or at least it seems that way)

    • bluhare says:

      An artist can always find a way to perform in a thick coat and jeans on.

    • gg says:

      the dancing isn’t really all that much effort. She just wiggles a bit and makes a few dramatic points with her arms. I see no fancy footwork here at all. Meh.

      • NM9005 says:

        Disagree, she’s dancing on high heels so that makes it hard even if she wouldn’t be dancing an intricate choreography.

        She gets lifted up quite a few times and that’s more difficult than it seems because you have to tense your muscles too + you have to find your balance after they put you down again. She is not stiff, she’s running up and down and then she has a normal choreography.

        If I would have to pay for a show like that, I wouldn’t be dissapointed. Plus the fact that everybody is mentioning her age must mean she’s “too old for this”. I haven’t seen girls half her age busting moves like she can.

  10. Fetch80 says:

    She looks great! She can put on a hell of a performance too,

  11. Wildone says:

    Love the Zuhair Murad gown it look fantastic on her now for the outfits she performed in were a hot mess and I so over J. Lo and her bodysuits their ugly as hell and she done them to death she needs a new look.

  12. Karen says:

    I thought she may have been lip syncing to her own “live” singing )if that makes any sense” until On the Floor. She sounded live in that performance especially when those dances on stilts swung her around – her voice showed the strain at the right moment. She looked amazing and sang surprisingly well but featuring the Fiat was a very poor choice.

  13. Khalesi says:

    I’m not a big jlo fan by any means, but I can’t deny that she looked awesome. And not just for a 42 yr old. For anyone.

  14. Sisi says:

    wow her make-up looks really good compared to past red carpet appearances

  15. L says:

    I’ve driven the Fiat 500 in Europe (cinquecento!), and loved it. Super cute car and drives well. I was super excited it was coming to the US.

    But JLO. GAH Fiat-why? She’s totally ruining the car for me as the ads with her are super annoying. Why link up with someone who is so aggravating and has a grating image-all I see when I see one now is “J.Lo” and I don’t want to drive a car associated with her. Ick.

    That said-for 42 the woman can dance her butt off.

  16. Toot says:

    Jennifer looked good. I see she had her boyfriend next to her on the stairs.

  17. mwb says:

    That ‘boyfriend’ is RIDICULOUS! Too young. Too pretty. Too interested in what she can do for him. Jesus, she is a mother. I certainly hope she does not bring every boytoy to meet her kids. Sickening.

    Although she looks good, the bodysuit thing is NOT flattering. Once you start emulating Britney Spears you have no where to go but down.

    • Toot says:

      Well, she’s probably interested in what he can do for or more like to her, so it’s win win for both. lol

      • missb says:

        I disagree entirely. ANY woman who has a son needs to think very carefully about getting involved in one of these times of relationships. I would not want my son to be with someone so much older then him. Regardless of why/how, etc. Also, I am JLo’s age, look just as good too. I would NEVER date someone younger than me. Never. Gross. It is just being with a boy, not a man. BUT, at least SHE can boss him around instead of Skeletor bossing her right?????

  18. Yep says:

    The car thing was lame but I enjoyed her performance. It was fun. Britney spears can’t dance like that now.

  19. Lisa says:

    It was visually interesting…loved the dancing…choreography…and JLo is going to show off that body until she can’t no more…so all in all…GREAT!!!

  20. Annaloo says:

    Holy car commercial.

  21. jc126 says:

    That shilling for Fiat is the most breathtakingly crass thing I’ve ever seen. Absolutely disgusting.

  22. MAMAKOWALSKA says:

    My Gawd, what a body!!!

    with a body like that comes great energy no doubt!!!I’d be dancing and running around and Ass dancing to hehehehe…….if I looked like that!!!

    While you still can YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

  23. Jayna says:

    Love the dress. Besides the tacky Fiat product placement Jennifer rocked a fantastic pop performance. Her body rocked. Great dancer. Go, Jennifer.

  24. TXCinderella says:

    The dress is pretty, but it’s missing a sleeve. I just don’t get the one sleeve look, it just looks stupid IMO.

  25. lc rime says:

    She was amazing! Dont forget that Marc was there and she was pulling all the stops to show him how much he will miss that ass! Haaha I loved it. Plus preforming with Pitbull.. you got to bring it! or dont do it and leave it for someone else. But she brought it, better then others could have. Ya the fiat thing? meh she made bank I am sure. I also would never ever like this dress on anyone else but she looked great in it.

  26. palermo says:

    On her best day Britney could never compare with J Lo, at least not in the body or dancing categories. I think she looked fantastic and she can still dance her ass off.

  27. anonymoose says:

    She does not have the face for that hairdo. Don’t get me started about the dress, but she definitely needs a BRA.

  28. Kimbob says:

    I agree w/@Lisa. A very visually-interesting, well choreographed presentation. Yes, J-lo still looks good, & I think why she presented so well because she’s back to dancing, which is her strong point.

    Nonetheless the Fiat commercial was the weak point of the whole thing. I remember watching this clip you provided and thinking…”why the hell is she getting into a damn car in the middle of this performance,” and then read that she apparently has a contract w/Fiat…and commercials? Geez…gimme a break! That was too commercialistic/capitalistic….RUINED an otherwise great performance.

    I’m not really a J-lo fan…but I do have to tip my hat when I see something great.

  29. sally says:

    There is just something so false about JL, I can’t put my finger on it. She’s talented, she’s gorgeous, she’s fun to watch…but I just don’t like her.

  30. jason says:

    Jennifer looks so freakin hot. Go JLO!

  31. gg says:

    Fiat is destroying their new American brand. Way go go, dumbasses. Mini has you beat already.

  32. Turtle Dove says:

    Yet another example of Lopez saturating the market with her Jenny from the Blockness. She’s shameless and the car was over the top.

    The outfits are too much too. She is NOT fat, but when your pooch/belly is hanging over when you bend over, it’s time to retire this look.

  33. Jover says:

    Can’t stand J phony and what was Fiat thinking I wonder what exchanged hands for her to get the gig. And NM9005 how can you say you don’t care if she lip synches that’s fraudulant – singers as diverse as Janis Joplin to tina turner to Selena sang live – it’s only been in the last 10 yrs or so that the music bizz has gone down the tubes and this non talent is celebrated you need to raise your standards – and they danced too. Fully agree gg, but as long as the masses buy this crap J phony will laugh all the way to the bank.

    • NM9005 says:

      Well if you’re going to compare JLo to legends like Joplin and Turner then of course she falls flat. For one because the genres are NOT comparable, it’s like apples and pears. Second did Joplin dance like JLo? I don’t think so but by all means correct me if I’m wrong.
      Third, I don’t buy her albums or tour dvd’s or anything like that so it’s not that she makes money of me.
      Fourth, when I compared her to people like Perry (or Rihanna for that matter) I was trying to say that even though her vocal abilities are not all that, she at least COMPENSATES with dancing, visual aspects and putting effort in other aspects of performing which is more recommendable than just shaking your ass in the audience their faces pretending to dance while it’s just an excuse to go half nekkid and act like a washed up stripper and selling just sex. It seems she enjoys working hard to give the audience something so yes, I do defend her on that. She’s a proud woman and don’t forget, she’s a savvy business woman. Nothing wrong with complimenting her on that.

      Oh and don’t worry about my standards. It’s not because I read and post on a gossip site that I don’t know my good music or films. The music bizz isn’t “down the tubes” you’re just looking at the things they market most so maybe you should try and find the good music out there (and there is for instance: Yael Naim, Fiona Apple…and I know the oldschool music too like Dinah Washington, Chubby Checker but you already know that probably).

      If you want to complain about it, write to the music companies who turn down quality or turn quality in shit (like Gaga, she was way more Fiona Apple until they turned her into Gaga).

    • Yorry says:

      Take A Bow
      Well Said

  34. Heine says:

    I thought it was a fun performance. No, she is not the best singer by any stretch of the imagination but her voice is passable for fun, light pop songs which is what she’s known for. And she puts on a fantastic show.

    The Fiat bit was ridiculous. It dragged the whole performance down.

  35. Trek Girl says:

    The dress looks like nothing – it’s pretty bland, and her hair, makeup, and face still look odd.

    Why does her face look like that? It looks like she’s getting botox, and I don’t like her nose-job, but it seems like there is more to it than that. I just can’t figure it out.

  36. truthful says:

    same old dances moves, meh.

  37. Kim says:

    Pretty dress but doesnt work on her. Only a really tall, stick thin person, would look good in this. She has curves and this is not a dress for someone with curves. And the skin color of the dress is way off from her natural skin tone so it looks very odd. Her hair and makeup dont look good either.

    • Alexis says:

      Completely disagree. I think this dress is made for a woman with curves; it would be boring on a stick thin woman. That being said, it’s possible that she should be leaving such dresses to Beyonce, Britney, Gaga, Shakira, and the rest of the 20-35 set. It’s not a dress for a teen, but it’s not a dress for a 40something either.

  38. Dani says:

    I love that shade of lipstick that she’s wearing.

  39. bea says:

    I can’t stand her. She does not have the bod for a cat suit. I think the “interest” in her is all generated by her and her people. A final push before she ages out.

    The nude lace dress – ugg. Looks cheap. She not as “all that” as she thinks.

  40. Maritza says:

    Oh please! Madonna is 50 and she still flaunts her body in skimpy outfits for her shows, I find nothing wrong with Jlo doing the same. She is great, I love her!

  41. spaded says:

    Britney copied CHER …. CHER was wearing that costume first & looked better than both

  42. danielle says:

    That dress is incredible on her! I’d probably think she was selling out with the Fiat thing if I didn’t already think the idea of her being a singer was a big joke, her voice is incredibly thin and weak, and they lyrics to her songs are sad. And I actually LIKE her, lol!

  43. BerMan says:

    Make up looks good and fresh. Notice her butt is slimmer in shape, not so gadunkish.

  44. Cerulean says:

    Can’t stand her. She and those wind machines drive me up the wall. But she did dance circles around the younguns in this performance. The songs are crap. The clothes are ridic but she gave it her all.
    I like the dress on her too. Just enough curve to fill it out but not so much to be vulgar.

    The Fiat in the show was vulgar though.

  45. Silk Spectre says:

    Like a cat in heat!!! Gross! Vicarious embarrassment at it’s best!

    J.Ho has a serious midlife crises.

  46. luls says:

    That was overall a great performance! J.Lo is filling the empty spot of a “sexy glamour bombshell” performer who can DANCE. Lord knows Britney’s lost it, and nobody else in the industry right now fills that spot. (Dont get me started on Gaga or Katy Perry or Rihanna. None of them fill that specific role.)

    And BTW, she wasnt lip-syncing. Its very obvious that she’s singing along to playback. For once, the vocals of a J.Lo performance didnt bother me at all, & neither did the fiat thing. What I DID find crass though, was her lap dance for Pitbull and the part where she writhes on the floor. She’s close to my mom’s age. So those parts grossed me out.

    • Jayna says:

      Bingo. Many great points. Except I disagree on one point. I don’t find it crass. . Fantastic pop dance performance. And I love the song On The Floor. The best club dance song of the year. No one in the pop industry can do this except Beyonce. Great choreography and dancing with strong sexuality. Sometimes I feel like I’m on this forum with a bunch of judgmental far right conservatives who have forgotten the freedom of dancing the night away. Music can bring that feeling back. Everyone should stop trying to put performers over 40 in a box. Jennifer rocked it last night.

  47. Isa says:

    I must’ve watched a different performace than everyone else. I was not impressed by her dancing at all! Lots of walking fast, pointing her hands in the hair, and bouncing from one foot to the other.

  48. Kat says:

    Wow. Desperate for attention, much?

    She’s nothing but crass.

  49. Sophie says:

    She’s gorgeous. I’m 28 and I would kill to look like her.

  50. Eleonor says:

    I love the dress, I find the lift bun boring,but definitly better than messing a face à la Kardashian, who’s younger than JLO and looks older.
    The music, the performance, the commercial it’s arguable, but she is an hard worker and I give her credit for this. She is 42 years old and still capable to go on stage (in a ridicoulous catsuit ok) and put on a good show (not great, not iconic, but good), Britney, Xtina or Rihanna at the same age will be able to do the same?

  51. Rita says:

    ridiculous as always!