20 Years Of Jennifer Lopez Being Really Bloody Great

My love don't cost a thing either, J Lo

jennifer lopez through the years

by Jazmin Kopotsha |

One of my earliest memories of watching MTV Base (and actually retaining all of this incredibly valuable information about pop stars and their early noughties music videos) was the first time I saw Jennifer Lopez’s video for Love Don’t Cost A Thing. I remember the struggle that my eight-year mind went through trying to rationalise in what strange universe anyone would spend their pocket money on ‘love’.

I was so sure that Jennifer was simply the victim of a big misunderstanding. Much like manners, love doesn’t cost a penny. You can’t go buying it, silly. At least, that’s what I’d been taught by an elaborate amalgamation of kid's TV shows. So, what on earth could this overwhelmingly beautiful grown-up be on about, strutting around in the middle of the road and throwing her very expensive looking sunglasses into the surrounding shrubbery?

But then, of course, I became very distracted by the dance break as performed on a ‘wish you were here’ postcard. The postcard that now jewelry-less Jenny ripped up even though cornrowed hip-hop J-Lo was still mid-routine.

You see, there are very few people who can forge careers that cross pretty much every subsection of show business. There are even fewer people who can do that and still live as presently in our nostalgia-hungry minds while continuing to go from strength to strength in the current world. Jennifer Lopez is one of those people, though.

Are you ready for some unashamed fan-girling? Because Jennifer Lopez went from dancing (fun fact: she was a dancer on the show In Living Colour, aka the one that inspired the video for the Cardi B x Bruno Mars Finesse remix), to singer (*On The 6 *came first), to actress (hold tight Channel 5 for their fleeting dedication to showing *Maid In Manhattan *every now and again) to fashion designer (for reals) and generally adored celebrity.

Here, let's take a look back at the last 20 years of brilliant Jennifer Lopez moments. There are many and they are brilliant.


The Debrief Jennifer Lopez

Second Chances, 1993
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Money Train, 1995
2 of 37

Anaconda, 1997
3 of 37

U-Turn, 1997
4 of 37

Out of Sight, 1998
5 of 37

Waiting For Tonight, 1999
6 of 37

If You Had My Love, 1999
7 of 37

MTV Music Awards, 1998
8 of 37

Love Don't Cost A Thing, 2000
9 of 37

The Cell, 2000
10 of 37

MTV Music Awards, 2000
11 of 37

Ain't It Funny, 2001
12 of 37

Play, 2001
13 of 37

The Wedding Planner, 2001
14 of 37

I'm Real, 2001
15 of 37

Enough, 2002
16 of 37

Jenny From The Block, 2002
17 of 37

Maid In Manhatten, 2002
18 of 37

I'm Gonna Be Alright, 2002
19 of 37

All I Have, 2002
20 of 37

I'm Glad, 2003
21 of 37

Gigilli, 2003
22 of 37

Shall We Dance, 2004
23 of 37

Monster In Law, 2005
24 of 37

NRJ Music Awards, 2005
25 of 37

An Unfinished Life, 2005
26 of 37

Get Right, 2005
27 of 37

El Cantante, 2005
28 of 37

The Back Up Plan, 2009
29 of 37

I'm Into You, 2011
30 of 37

On The Floor, 2011
31 of 37

Parker, 2013
32 of 37

Human Rights National Dinner, 2013
33 of 37

American Idol, 2014
34 of 37

Booty, 2014
35 of 37

The Boy Next Door, 2015
36 of 37

Shades Of Blue, 2016
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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