Jennifer Lopez delivers an emotional speech while accepting the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

Jennifer Lopez delivered an emotional speech about how believers and skeptics have contributed to her success as she accepted an award for her career at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday.

“I want to thank the people who made me happy and those who broke my heart—those who were truthful and those who lied to me,” said Lopez, who won this year’s Generation Award for actors whose diverse contributions they have made household names. She also took home best song – a new category – for the track “On My Way” from the “Marry Me” soundtrack.

MTV’s youth-focused celebration of film and television offered a lighter, breezy awards show, with 26 categories in gender-neutral categories like best villain, best kiss, and the new “here to connect” category. The ceremony, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, returned to a live format after being pre-taped several years ago.

Lopez shed tears as she thanked fans, her longtime manager and the kids for “teaching me how to love,” and got the crowd on their feet at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

“I want to thank the people who gave me this life,” said Lopez, 52, adding later, “You are only as good as the people you work with. But if you’re lucky, they make you better. I’ve been very lucky in that regard.”

Jennifer Lopez accepts the MTV Generation Award on stage during the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 5, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.

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Lopez’s first break came as a dancer on the 1990s sketch comedy series In Living Color. She pursued an acting career and landed a starring role in 1997’s Selena. She later appeared in films such as “Anaconda”, “Out of Sight”, “The Wedding Planner”, “Hustlers” and her latest. “Marry me.”

As a singer, Lopez has achieved success on the pop and Latin charts with multiple hits and albums. She released her multi-hit debut “On the 6” in 1999 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with songs like “If You Had My Love”, “All I Have” and the remixes of “I’m Real” and ” Ain’t it ain’t funny.”

And in 2020, Lopez appeared alongside Shakira during the Super Bowl halftime show.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” entered the awards ceremony with seven as the best nominee. It won best picture, and movie star Tom Holland won for best performance in a movie. With nearly $1.9 billion at the box office, it was the biggest film of the year and a fan favorite, but was largely overlooked by major awards shows.

Zendaya won Best Performance in a Show, finishing Best Show, for her role in Euphoria. The HBO series also won for the connection here.

Opening the show, 19-year-old singer Olivia Rodrigo won the Best Music Documentary award for her project “Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u.” Rodrigo, who won three Grammys this year including Best New Artist, spoke about the importance creating the film, which includes a road trip, live performances and reflections on her debut album Sour.

“I made ‘driving home 2 u’ for the fans, especially those who couldn’t come to see me on tour,” Rodrigo said.

Jack Black also received a career award, Comic Genius. He ran onto the stage and seemed almost out of breath before delivering his acceptance speech.

“I need a little boost of oxygen,” he said, before rattling off several movies he’s starred in, like School of Rock and Jumanji.

“Comedic genius. Come on, are you kidding? For what?” said Black. “I don’t deserve this, but I’ll take it.”

Jack Black accepts the Comedic Genius Award onstage during the MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on June 5, 2022.

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The ceremony began with “Loki” star Sophia Di Martino winning Breakthrough Performance for her role as Sylvie on the Disney Plus television series. After collecting her trophy, the actress opened up about the fact that she was nine months pregnant when she was offered the role and that her baby was just three months old when she began filming.

“It’s been quite a long journey, so it really means a lot to me,” she said. “Thank you to the audience. it’s all for you Thank you for letting Sylvie into your imagination.”

Daniel Radcliffe won Best Villain for his portrayal of a billionaire in the comedy adventure The Lost City.

Diplo and Swae Lee played “Tupelo Shuffle” from director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming “Elvis” biopic.

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