The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States named Jennifer Lopez as “The Most Influential Latina of All Time” in the music industry. On its official website, the Academy reported that this recognition is granted in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and highlighted how JLo’s “Triple-Threat Superstardom” brought Latin culture to center stage.
Jennifer López was born to Puerto Rican parents David López and Guadalupe Rodríguez. Her parents had emigrated to the United States years before she was born. For the whole of her career, the singer has been proud of her Latin heritage and has always stayed true to her roots, delivering hit songs in both English and Spanish.
Despite the Academy’s decision, many people have argued that they don’t recognize Lopez as Latina, because she was born in the Bronx, New York and considers English as her native language. The announcement aroused much controversy on social media, and there were even people who suggested that the Colombian star, Shakira, deserved the title, having been born in Latin America. On the other hand, there were a lot of counter arguments in favor of JLo, stating that her birthplace doesn’t define her ancestry.
Whether the public believes it or not, Jennifer Lopez has immensely contributed in introducing the Latin culture to the world and the Academy says so too, “From her roots as “Jenny From the block” to one of the highest-paid and influential Latinas in Hollywood history, Jennifer Lopez’s stratospheric career has broken borders, elevated Latin music and culture, and cemented her as one of the largest-looming entertainment icons of all time.