Jennifer Lopez Brings the Rockettes and Christmas Sing-Along to Her 'SNL'

Jennifer Lopez's opening monologue on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live involved not one, but two classics: a holiday standard that was just perfect for a dash of seasonal flair, and that iconic dress that will hopefully wind up in the Smithsonian one day.

On Saturday night (Dec. 7), J. Lo, suited up in a dashing tuxedo, bounded onto the Studio 8H and was the picture of gratitude. She began by reflecting on her incredible year full of personal and professional milestones and was visibly emotional as she started listing off the epic moments of her 2019.

"Christmas is such an important time to me because it really makes you look back at the past year, and think about all the things you're thankful for," she said. "Some people are like, 'That's not Christmas, that's Thanksgiving!' And to them, I say, 'No, shut up.'"

She beams. "This year, I gotta be honest: I have been so blessed. First off, I got what every girl from the Bronx dreams of: proposed to by a Yankee. I had the biggest movie opening that I've ever had -- that included a lap dance from Cardi B. I went on a sold-out tour, and I slayed the Met Gala. That's not a brag: a doctor diagnosed it on the spot as a fourth-degree slay. I'm about to perform in the Super Bowl half-time show. I walked the runway in Milan for the first time wearing a dress I wore twenty years ago. Some people said I look better now than I did then, and I'm not bragging -- that's, you know, gossip."

The laughs subsided as Lopez got serious and delivered some sincere wisdom. "Seriously, what I really want to say to everyone watching out there is the best is yet to come. People try to write you off. It's all BS. None of us have a shelf life. I mean, look at me: they tried to count me out so many times, but I'm still here. I'm like a little roach: you think I'm gone for good, maybe you haven't seen me in a few months, but then you go to get a glass of water in the middle of the night, and boom!"

Lopez then burst into song for a jazzy rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and the Rockettes joined her for one of their trademark kicklines. For the grand finale, she walked to the back of the stage and stripped off the tuxedo to reveal That Dress, the flowy green Versace number that she wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000 (and again on that recent runway in Milan).

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