But Lopez's speech was more stirring than her powerful performance: She was emotional as she thanked her children and beau Alex Rodriguez onstage at Radio City Music Hall in NY.
Cardi B, who opened the night by introducing a Shawn Mendes performance, was another big victor, taking home trophies for the Lopez collaboration, best new artist and song of the summer for "I Like It", which she'd recorded alongside Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
She stripped down into a more sparkly look.
Camila Cabello poses backstage with her awards for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Havana". It was, in a word, baffling: An Aretha Franklin tribute in which the big takeaway was that Madonna once sang the same song she did. well, let's just say the optics weren't great. J.Lo also took home Best Collaboration for her Cardi B and DJ Khaled collaboration "Dinero". "A couple of months ago, a lot of people were saying, 'You're gambling your career, you're about to have a baby, what are you doing?' And you know, I had a baby, I carried the baby, and now I'm still winning an award!" She called Rodriguez, who filmed her performance with his phone, "my twin soul".
She also took the opportunity to praise the other women that were nominated.
This year's VMAs telecast was notable for its high-profile no-shows, including The Carters (that'd be Beyoncé and Jay-Z), Drake, Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran - all of whom were shut out of the night's biggest prizes.
Nicki Minaj picked up the award for Best Hip Hop Video and Imagine Dragons won the award for Best Rock Video. When Minaj accepted an award moments later, she looked to Haddish and said, "Don't be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that (chick)".
She then waved to the group down the camera as they weren't at the awards. Gambino's "This Is America", which tackles racism and gun violence, earned him seven nominations, while Drake, who gave away $1 million to Miami residents in his "God's Plan" clip, scored seven nods.