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Jennifer Lopez honored at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

She was expecting tonight.

Bronx-born superstar Jennifer Lopez accepted the Generation Award at Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards with a moving acceptance speech thanking supporters and critics who have influenced her career.

“I want to thank the people who gave me joy and the people who broke my heart,” Lopez said at the ceremony, held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

“Those who were true and those who lied to me. I want to thank true love and I want to thank the way I lied to myself, because that’s how I knew I had to grow up. … I want to thank all the people who told me, face to face or when I wasn’t in the room, that I couldn’t do this.

“I really don’t think I could have done it without you. And I know I couldn’t have done it without the fans who saw the movies.

The annual honor recognizes artists for their impact on the film and television industries, with previous recipients including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Jamie Foxx and Sandra Bullock.

In addition to her successful music career, Lopez, 52, is known for films such as ‘Selena’, ‘The Wedding Planner’ and ‘Hustlers’.

Earlier Sunday, Lopez, who sported a low-cut leather bodice, picked up the Best Song trophy for “On My Way” from her romantic comedy “Marry Me,” which was released this year.

“I didn’t expect that,” Lopez said. “I was there for later.”

Lopez headlined an evening also dominated by Marvel projects, including “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which won Best Picture and Best Performance in a Motion Picture for star Tom Holland.

The stars of Marvel’s superhero series ‘Loki’, meanwhile, took home the honor for Best Team, while actress Sophia Di Martino took home Best Breakthrough for her role as Sylvie.

“I was nine months pregnant when they offered me the job,” Di Martino said. “My baby was three months old when we started filming, so it’s been quite the journey. So that really means a lot to me.

The Best Show award went to edgy high school drama “Euphoria,” with star Zendaya taking home the trophy for Best Performance in a Show.

“We are so grateful for everyone’s love and support,” actress Sydney Sweeney said.

“Euphoria,” which led all shows with seven nominations, took home four honors.

Fans voted for the winners at Sunday’s ceremony, hosted by “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens.

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Singer-actress Olivia Rodrigo, who shot to fame on spin-off show ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’, also struck a positive note on Sunday by winning Best Music Documentary for ‘Driving home 2 u’. , which recounts the making of his album “Sour”.

“This album means so much to me, and it was so fun to make a movie that gave more context and meaning,” said Rodrigo, who won three Grammys in April, including Best New Artist.

Another high-energy moment came when comedian Jack Black somersaulted onto the stage to accept the comedic genius award.

“Comic genius? Come on, are you kidding?” Black said. “For what reason? ‘School of rock’? Jumanji? ‘Kung Fu Panda’? ‘Goose bumps’? Nacho Libre? “Tenacious D in Destiny’s Choice”? My sweet dance steps on Tik Tok? …I don’t deserve this but I’ll take it!

Sunday marked a return to normal for an awards show that moved to a virtual “Greatest of All Time” special in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and took place at the Hollywood Palladium during a pared down ceremony last year.

Originally named the MTV Movie Awards, the event was renamed in 2017 to also recognize television. Sunday was the 30th edition of the annual ceremony, which began in 1992.

Immediately after the main ceremony, the second MTV: UNSCRIPTED Movie & TV Awards, which celebrates reality TV, aired. Bethenny Frankel of “The Real Housewives of New York City” has been named the recipient of the Reality Royalty Award.