Jennifer Lopez keeps on playing off the high points in her career, and maybe that's why she resurrected her infamous 2000 Grammy Awards gown at a free concert in the Bronx on Wednesday.
The "First Love" singer wore various Versace and Atelier Versace looks for the show, including a custom Versus Versace bodysuit inspired by the navel-plunging Versace gown that had tongues wagging more than a decade ago. But this time, she had several clunky gold safety pins holding the neckline together.
Lopez, 44, debuted the look at Pelham Bay Park, kicking off a national free concert tour with State Farm Neighborhood Sessions. Though she dubbed the concert #jlocominghome on Twitter, it was the first time she brought a concert back to her native borough — which she so proudly sang out about in her 2001 hit "Jenny From the Block" — much to the chagrin of many.
"Had so much fun tonight! Thank you #JLovers #JLoComingHome @StateFarmNation #NeighborhoodSessions," she tweeted after the show.
Lopez kicked off her 90-minute set with "Same Girl" and sang "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "If You Had My Love," "Waiting for Tonight" and fare from her upcoming album "A.K.A.," according to the New York Daily News.
Joining her onstage were rappers Fat Joe, Ja Rule and French Montana, who has been romantically linked to reality star Khloe Kardashian. (They all partied together after the show too, according to Just Jared.)
The former Fly Girl-with-a-signature-booty then closed the show with "Jenny From the Block."
It's the second time the "American Idol" judge alluded to the signature ensemble this year: She also wore a jumpsuit version of the green palm-tree printed dress in her "I Luh Ya Papi" video, released in March. In the video, she also threw back to looks she donned for her "On the 6" album cover and "I'm Real" music video.
As for her thoughts on that dress, Marc Anthony's ex told W in August 2013 that she didn't know what the hype was all about.
"We had looked at a few dresses, and nothing was right. My stylist said, there's this one dress, but other people have worn it. I tried on the Versace and decided to wear it anyway. But I was still surprised by the reaction: When I came onstage with David Duchovny, who was the biggest star in the world then, he said to the audience, 'Nobody is looking at me,'" Lopez, who had been dating mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs at the time, told the mag.
"This loud sound started from the back of the room — it was kind of like a roar, over me in the dress. When I went to my seat, I said, 'What's the big deal?!' Puffy and Benny [Medina, her manager] were waiting, and they said, 'You have to take pictures in that dress.' "
This month, Penguin imprint Celebra announced that the mother of two would be releasing a memoir called "True Love" in October, according to Jacket Copy.
"In 'True Love,' Lopez explores one of her life's most defining periods — the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she's ever been," Penguin Group said in a news release.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times