Jennifer Lopez accepts the Vanguard Award
10:26 p.m.: Jennifer Lopez floated down to the stage, suspended by cables as she sang her throwback hit "Waiting for Tonight." The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award winner then transitioned to another hit -- "On the Floor" -- as the stage exploded with neon lights, fireworks and fog bursts.
She quickly cycled through her most well-known songs, including "Ain't Your Mama," "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Get Right."
As she opened her song, "All I Have," the stage transformed into a winter wonderland with snowflakes descending as the singer put on a fur coat.
DJ Khaled distracted the audience before Lopez emerged again onto the stage, riding a 6 Train as she sang "Jenny From the Block." Ja Rule joined Lopez for a performance of "I'm Real" before they sang "Ain't It Funny."
Her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, looked stunned as Lopez launched into "Dinero." With his jaw dropped, he recorded Lopez's performance with his phone from the audience.
Shawn Mendes presented her with the Vanguard Award, calling her a "classic triple threat." He said, "Her journey has taken her from the Bronx, where she started dancing at the age of five, to Hollywood red carpets and the top of Billboard charts." He also pointed out that Lopez was the first artist to have a No. 1 movie and No. 1 album in the same week.
Lopez held up her Moon Man trophy and said, "I grew up on MTV, and this is really a tremendous honor for me. It has been an incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams and then kind of watching them come true. Music, acting, performing, this career has always been kind of an obsession for me."
Then she said that when her children came into her life, "Everything changed." She said, "I knew I had to be better. I knew I had to go higher, I had to be stronger than I had been before." The singer thanked her children and said, "The future is brighter now because of you," before thanking all of her friends, family and collaborators.
She thanked Rodriguez and said, "You're like my twin soul. We are like mirror images of each other ... There's so much more to experience and there's no one else I'd rather do that with."