Jenny From the Block — Ms. Jennifer Lopez, herself — showed a lineup of otherwise uninspired performers how it's done Monday night (August 20) at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, and proved she was certainly worthy of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award distinction.

J. Lo, who's been making hits for decades, treated the crowd to some of her biggest singles like "I'm Real," "I Ain't Your Mama," "All I Have," "Jenny from the Block" and "Get Right." And the set was especially meaningful as the "Waiting for Tonight" singer was the first Latin artist to earn the award.

(Plus, Ja Rule made an appearance for "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny," the duo's pair of 2001 hits.)

And viewers couldn't get enough.

Plus, her acceptance speech was a lovely testament to how far she's come since being a dancer on In Living Color. 

"You know I grew up on MTV," she said. "This is really a tremendous honor for me. It has been an incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams and then kind of watching them come true. Music, acting, performing, this career has always been kind of an obsession for me. When people have said you know you’re doing too much you can only do one thing. I always had I tin my mind, I was always a person who was like why not? So I kinda had to forge my own path and make my own rules. And I just had to make my own way like that for a while, just working and working and working. It wasn’t until I had 2 little angels come into my life that everything changed. I knew I had to be better. I knew I had to go higher I knew I had to be stronger than I had been before. It was through that unconditional love that my career, my whole life, became clearer in every way. But now today, I stand here stronger and better than ever. So thank you Max and Emmy. There’s so much more to do and I know in my heart that the future is even brighter than anything I could have accomplished up to now because of you."

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