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J.Los performance included multiple costume changes to correspond with Cruzs catalog of hits. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic bY, zayda Rivera, nEW york daily news, monday, November 25, 2013, 4:59. Jennifer Lopez glad paid tribute to the late-great Celia Cruz at Sunday night's American Music Awards.
The high-energy performance featured three of the Cuban salsa singer's most memorable hit songs - "Quimbara "La Vida es un Carnaval" and lopez "Bemba Color.". While critics reportedly didn't see Lopez fit to perform the honor of "La Reina de la Salsa" or the "Queen of Salsa she arguably proved any naysayers wrong. Jennifer Lopez took to the stage at the American Music Awards Sunday night to pay tribute to salsa queen Celia Cruz, who died in 2003.
(Lester Cohen/WireImage belting out the Spanish-language tunes, the 44-year-old pop star had onstage costume changes that concluded with a light purple, shrilled body suit and sparkly fishnet stockings. She launched into a salsa dance number with not one, but two partners, and even did a complete flip over their heads and landed on her feet to continue singing.
One of the professional dancers was Maksim Chmerkovskiy from "Dancing with the Stars" fame. Shortly after the performance was done he responded to a fan's tweet of a photo of himself holding Lopez in the air.
Lopez showcased her well-known dance moves as she sang Celia Cruzs hits Quimbara, La Vida es un Carnaval and Bemba Color. (Kevin Mazur/AMA2013/WireImage) "that just happened!" he wrote.
AMAs @JLo is EN fuego!". He added that securing Lopez above his head was "the most stressful 4 seconds of my life!".
Lopez received great feedback from the likes of dancing partner Dancing with the Stars mover Maksim Chmerkovskiy and gossip blogger Perez Hilton. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic perez Hilton was equally as impressed with the showcase and tweeted, "That was epic! cruz, a seven-time Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum recording artist passed away from brain cancer in 2003 at the age.
Billboard magazine once described her as "the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban music.". Though initially a controversial choice to honor Cruz, Lopez brought the house down with her tribute. (Christopher Polk/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP) "Thank you everyone!