Jennifer Lopez is an acclaimed American singer, actress, dancer and producer. With a cumulative film gross of US$3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, she is regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the United States. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world. Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
Lopez started out her career in 1991 when she began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on ‘In Living Color’, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 ‘Selena’ biopic of the same name, she received a Golden Globe nomination. She went on to star in ‘Anaconda’ in 1997 and ‘Out of Sight’ in 1998, establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood.
Lopez later ventured into the music industry with her debut studio album ‘On the 6’ in 1999, which helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album ‘J.Lo’ and her romantic comedy ‘The Wedding Planner’ in 2001, she became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week. Her 2002 remix album, ‘J to tha L–O! The Remixes’, became the first in history to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Later that year, she released her third studio album ‘This Is Me… Then’, and appeared in ‘Maid in Manhattan’.
After starring in ‘Gigli’ in 2003, a critical and commercial failure, she subsequently starred in the successful romantic comedies ‘Shall We Dance?’ in 2004 and ‘Monster-in-Law’ in 2005. Her fifth studio album, ‘Como Ama una Mujer’, released in 2007, received the highest first-week sales for a debut Spanish album in the United States.
Following an unsuccessful period, she returned to prominence in 2011 with her appearance as a judge on ‘American Idol’, and released her seventh studio album ‘Love?’. In 2016, she began starring in the crime drama series ‘Shades of Blue’ and commenced a residency show, ‘Jennifer Lopez: All I Have’, at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Since 2017, Lopez has produced and served as a judge on ‘World of Dance’.
Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: ‘If You Had My Love’, ‘I’m Real’, ‘Ain’t It Funny’, ‘All I Have’, and ‘On the Floor’, which is one of the best-selling singles of all time. For her contributions to the music industry, she has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award among other honors.