The People’s icon! Jennifer Lopez accepts award and gives inspiring speech for young girls

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  • Jennifer Lopez accepted the award for the People's Icon of 2020.
  • The singer and actress was congratulated by Renée Zellweger and Nicole Kidman, as well as her twins Emme and Max during the ceremony.
  • She shared an inspiring message with girls everywhere as she accepted her speech. "You can do whatever you want, as many things as you want," she said.


The People have spoken – and have chosen Jennifer Lopez as their Icon of 2020.

At Sunday's People's Choice Awards, hosted by Demi Lovato, the singer and actress accepted the prestigious award for her decades-long career looking stunning in a bright red dress with a high ponytail, reports People.

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Before her speech, she was surprised by A-listers including friends Renée Zellweger and Nicole Kidman, as well as her twins Emme and Max.

While holding her award in her hand, she said: "Man, 2020 was no joke, right? I mean before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveller."

She added: "It showed us what mattered, what didn't. And for me, reinforced what mattered most: People, all of us, together. Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch. I realised that's what I strive for in everything I do. To reach people, to touch people. I believe that's what we all want, those shared experiences to know that we're not in this alone. Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I'm tired or beaten down, like a lot of us have been this year, it's my family, friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn't lift myself. I am so grateful to have you, to have that in my life."

She shared a powerful message: "As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous," she said.

"The more that they said I couldn't, the more I knew that I had to. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you.

"The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colours, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever you want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination and their willingness to never give up. If I have touched you or them in any small way, then this is the greatest award I could ever receive."

SEE HER FULL ACCEPTANCE SPEECH HERE:

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