The American Music Awards in Los Angeles brought viewers countless performances to excite and entertain. At the top of the list, many are commenting on the dance (and singing) number Jennifer Lopez gave as an ode to the talented salsa icon, Celia Cruz. Known as the “Queen of Salsa” Cruz contributed to the music world until her death in 2003, after suffering from brain cancer. The singer was recognized for her talents through many awards including three Latin Grammys and even two Grammys.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Jennifer Lopez spoke about her tribute to the famous salsa legend. “I felt very honored and a little scared, I don’t think there is anything better for this year’s AMA. 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 spoke about the “impact” Cruz had on the musical world; however, the vast amount is almost incomprehensible. Cruz released 78 albums. Yes, that is correct. 78 albums. Cruz’s larger-than-life, vibrant, and colorful costumes are remembered as components of her iconic image. The salsa star previously had a postage stamp designed in her honor as well as being the subject of a Smithsonian Museum exhibit. Most recently, Cruz was the center of a Google-Doodle.
Just saw J.Lo's tribute performance to Celia Cruz from the AMA's. Incredible.
— August G. Marron (@augustmarron) November 26, 2013
Finally watched the AMA's. Best AMA moment was the Celia Cruz Tribute by Jennifer Lopez. Holy crap! That dance was amazing!!
— Marissa ⚾ (@RissyExtreme) November 26, 2013
As amazing as the tribute Jennifer Lopez was, the real icon had a unique way of rhythmically enjoying her time on stage regardless of what stage she graced.