Lady Gaga was always going to be a hard act to follow for Jennifer Lopez. And if Inauguration Day was a battle of the belters, there was no contest.
Still, J.Lo — looking resplendent in all white with her $1 million diamond ring from Alex Rodriguez on full display — held her own in a medley of “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful” that showed she really can sing something other than “Waiting for Tonight.”
There was a simple sincerity in the 51-year-old’s performance, unadorned from all the booty-shaking showmanship we’re used to seeing from Bronx’s own Jenny from the Block. And it was a nice touch when she added a bit of Spanish — and a dash of “Let’s Get Loud” — to it all. (In Spanish, she said: “One nation, with liberty and justice for all.”)
Like Gaga, Lopez supported President Joe Biden throughout his campaign. And this performance caps a whirlwind year in which La Lopez seemed to be everywhere, starting with her Super Bowl halftime show last February and ending 2020 with her headline performance at “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”