Celia Cruz Honored By Jennifer Lopez At AMAs


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The American Music Awards were full of entertainment this year, with one of the main highlights of the night being when Jennifer Lopez did a tribute performance to the "Queen of Salsa", Celia Cruz.

Cruz was a Cuban singer and would have celebrated her 88th birthday on Monday. She recorded over 78 albums throughout her lifetime, and was honored with countless awards. She stole the hearts of millions and was loved by Latin music fans all over the world. With her elaborate costumes and style, she developed an easily recognizable image.

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During an interview, Lopez talked about her special performance for the Salsa legend. “I felt very honored and a little scared, I don’t think there is anything better for this year’s AMA," Lopez said. "I know that a lot of fans who will watch the show will know who she was, but we will also educate a lot of people reminding them of the impact she had in the music scene, not just in Latin American countries, but also in the United States.”

Lopez incorporated many of Cruz' songs including "Quimbara," "La vida es un carnaval" and "Bemba Colorá." As the crowd started cheering wildly, Lopez yelled, "Que viva Celia!" (Long live Celia!).

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