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Jennifer Lopez couldn’t help but get emotional during her latest speech, and we can see why.

Last night, the Selena star, 51, was crowned The People’s Icon of 2020 during the People’s Choice Awards. After J.Lo watched virtual messages from Renée Zellweger, Nicole Kidman and her 12-year-old twins, Emme and Max, she shared an inspiring message about how she got to where she is today.

“As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. ‘You can’t be an actress. You’re an actress, what you want to sing? You’re an artist, you won’t be taken seriously as a businesswoman,’” Lopez said during the speech. “The more that they said I couldn’t, the more I knew that I had to. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you.”

J.Lo spoke directly to young girls everywhere, adding, “The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colors, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination and their willingness to never give up. If I have touched you or them in any small way, then this is the greatest award I could ever receive. I accept this award with great humility and gratitude and hope we can begin to heal as a country and stand together united and proud, and in harmony.”

Thank you, Lopez. We really needed this.

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