It was the turning point in Jennifer Lopez’s career — when the beauty stepped onto the red carpet during the 42nd Grammy Awards in a stunning green, low plunging Versace gown.
The monumental moment is still one of the most talked about in the entertainment industry. In fact, now, 17 years later, Ellen DeGeneres is still making it a heavy topic during her daytime talkshow.
Over the weekend, Ellen surprised Lopez backstage of her show in Vegas wearing a recreation of the exotic dress. “I’m here to be your understudy,” she said in a clip that aired during Monday’s episode.
Ellen continued, “‘You’re not wearing this at all tonight? Okay, this is embarrassing. These ripaway clothes, though, it’s sexy.”
Lopez, who looked stunning in a pair of reading glasses and black robe then suggested that it doesn’t make sense to have an understudy this late into her tour.
“This is me seeing my songs,” the singer said. ‘It would be hard for somebody else to come in and make believe that they were Jennifer Lopez. It would be weird.”
Ellen didn’t get a chance to work directly under Lopez, but she did get one heck of a treat during the show.
“Lil’ Ellen can you put this on for me, right quick,” Jenny From the Block said on stage while tossing the talkshow host a bedazzled hat. “It’s Lil’ Ellen, everybody. Yo yo!”
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