It’s been a busy year for Puerto Rican superstar Jennifer Lopez! The mother-of-two, singer, actress, TV judge, dancer, producer, global ambassador, designer, most beautiful woman in the world (one sec—let us catch our breath!), has been working non-stop all year long!
Join us as we take a look back at 25 things the Boricua superstar did this year—man, she must be exhausted!
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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Show America How to Salsa on 'Idol!'
On the two-hour American Idol finale in May, J.Lo and her then-husband Marc Anthony brought the crowd to their feet with an explosive performance of "Aguanile" — a song by Hector Lavoe that they also covered in their 2007 biopic, El Cantante based on the famous salsero's life. Marc started off the performance by singing alone on stage — and his vocals were incredible! — but it was J.Lo who stole the show with her booty shaking and killer dance moves! Now THAT's how you salsa!
Smells Like Success
In July, J.Lo appeared live on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) to promote the launch of her 17th fragrance, Love & Light. In just six hours, the singer/actress/entrepreneur extraordinaire sold tens of thousands of bottles of her new fragrance—making her the highest selling Latina celeb in HSN history!
J.Lo Splits from Marc Anthony
After seven years of marriage, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony ended their relationship in July. "We have decided to end our marriage," the couple told People.com in a joint statement. "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."
J.Lo Rocks the AMA's!
When she performed her hit songs "Until It Beats No More" and "On the Floor," at the American Music Awards in November, the most beautiful woman in the world stripped down to a sexy sheer bodysuit that left very little to the imagination. Caliente!
It's A New Generation...of Party People
In March, J.Lo introduced us to her party people when she world premiered her video for "On the Floor" on FOX's American Idol. We fell in love with the song (and the video!) instantly! After all, it was a return to the pop diva's club roots and she looked stunning in every last scene.
In August, Jennifer was photographed by Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino for the September issue of Vanity Fair. In her first interview since announcing her split from hubby Marc Anthony, La Lopez opened up to the mag about what caused the breakup, saying that though she remains positive when it comes to love, she learned certain things about herself that made her walk away from her marriage to Anthony. "To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself—if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now," she said.
We "Heart" J.Lo
in September, J.Lo rocked the house at the IHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas with a fantastic mashup of her many hit songs. The set included "Papi," "Get Right," “Jenny On the Block,” “Let’s Get Loud,” “Ain’t It Funny,” and “On the Floor.”
J.Lo Releases Love?
After parting ways with her label Sony Music Entertainment in 2010, Lopez finally released her highly anticipated seventh studio album Love? in May of 2011 under her new label, Island Def Jam. The album debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and became Lopez's 6th album to peak within the Billboard top 10!
Frolicking on the Beach
In May, J.Lo world premiered her music video for "I'm Into You," a sexy song featuring Lil' Wayne. We spent all summer listening to the tropical song, and we spent even more time watching (and re-watching) the video, which featured the oh-so-sexy William Levy as J.Lo's love interest. Hubba-hubba!
J.Lo Releases Kohl's Line
On September 7th, 2011, J.Lo released her clothing line at Kohl's department stores. The glamorous (but affordable) line includes faux fur, sequins and animal prints, all priced under $200.00. Although the Kohl's line was initially a joint project with ex-husband Marc Anthony, the Puerto Rican singer went ahead with the fashion and lifestyle collection despite the separation.
J.Lo Becomes an Ambassador
Jennifer is as sharp as a razor, so it's only fitting that in February, the Puerto Rican superstar was named the first-ever Global Ambassador for the new Gilette-Venus Goddess Fund for Education. In addition to starring in commercials which showed off her amazing legs, Lopez also helped Gillette raise funds, which will benefit the new foundation, as well as her own Maribel Foundation.
J.Lo Finds Carmen Sandiego
In November, J.Lo signed on to produce Carmen Sandiego for the big screen. According to Deadline, the movie's concept will be "'National Treasure' meets 'The Thomas Crown Affair,'" and will feature the super sleuth tangled up in a high-profile heist. "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" debuted in 1985 as a computer game and book.
J.Lo and Marc are "The Chosen"
In April, J.Lo and Marc Anthony announced plans to embark on "an epic three month long journey to create the ultimate live show celebrating Latin music, artistry and dance." The former power couple said they will be traveling to remote areas of the Americas and auditioning singers in three languages. The show will be broadcast across 21 countries in North America, Central America and South America.
Under Her Spell
In April, J.Lo teamed up with Lady Gaga on the bewitching dance anthem "Hypnotico." The upbeat Gaga penned song—which later appeared on Lopez's album, Love?—was an instant hit! "She’s a great songwriter," Lopez gushed to Rolling Stone magazine. "I don’t just love her lyrics, but also her melodies."
J.Lo is #1!
Although they collaborated on the dance-track "Hypnotico," J.Lo and Lady Gaga were competitive this year. In March, Lopez's hit single "On The Floor," dethroned Gaga's "Born This Way" to become the #1 most downloaded song on ITunes! It helped that "On the Floor" premiered during an episode of FOX's mega-hit American Idol.
Jennifer Lopez Gets Digital
In October, Jennifer's production company, Nuyorican Productions, announced plans to launch a digital video series for teenagers and young adults. The series, which will be titled Tiger Beat Entertainment, is a partnership with Believe Entertainment Group (a New York-based entertainment company) and teen magazine Tiger Beat. Lopez, her business partner Simon Fields, and Believe Entertainment Group will co-executive produce the series, which is "for, about, and by teens and young adults.”
J.Lo Returns to Idol!
Bloggers spent months wondering if Jennifer Lopez would return to American Idol for a second season, and in August, several websites reported that FOX convinced the Puerto Rican superstar to return for one more season at a whopping $20 million dollars!
J.Lo Returns to the Big Screen!
In April, Lopez signed on to play Shira, a sabre-toothed tiger in 20th Century FOX's upcoming animated movie, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. But that isn't the only movie role J.Lo accepted in 2011. In June, The Back-Up Plan actress also signed on to star opposite Cameron Diaz in the highly anticipated movie, What to Expect When You're Expecting, based on the pregnancy guide by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.
J.Lo Stuns in Green BAFTA Dress
In July, J.Lo looked sexy and chic in an Emilio Pucci cutout dress on the red carpet of the BAFTA Brits to Watch Gala, held at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. But J.Lo's dress wasn't the only thing that had people talking that night. The singer was expected to attend the event with Marc Anthony, and when she showed up with her mom Guadalupe instead, it prompted rumors that her relationship with Marc was in trouble.
J.Lo Breaks Down on Stage
While performing an acoustic rendition of her hit song "If You Had My Love," at a special show for Mohegan Sun's 15th Anniversary celebration in October, Jennifer Lopez told the audience: "I'm going to sing you the last song I wrote about love." But before the singer launched into "Until It Beats No More," she stopped for a moment and mused, "A lot has changed since then," referring to her split from hubby Marc Anthony in July. A sobbing J.lo on stage prompted people to wonder if the Puerto Rican diva was crying over her ex-husband, but days later Lopez told Extra reporter Maria Menounos that she sobbed on stage because she saw her mother, Guadalupe in the audience. "I didn't see her the whole time until this one moment, and I was a bit emotional," she said.
When J.Lo starred in a Bronx-set commercial for the Italian carmaker Fiat in November, the Puerto Rican superstar made her fans proud by returning to her humble roots. But in December, when it was revealed that J.Lo didn't return to her old neighborhood in the Bronx to film the commercial (a stunt double shot the scenes for Lopez in New York), some folks started wondering: "Is Jennifer Lopez still at home on the block?"
Yahoo! for J.Lo!
Earlier this month, Yahoo! released its 2011 year-in-review stats, and joining Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Anniston in the "Top Celebrity Searches" of the year was none other than Jennifer Lopez. GIven the incredible year she's had, is it really any surprise?