Despite feeling “nuts” and “tired” after the 2015 American Music Awards (Nov. 22), Jennifer Lopez had flashbacks of a young Jenny watching the AMAs and channeled her inspiration into her opening number and hosting duties.
“I remember sitting on the couch with my mom, watching Diana Ross come out, host a show and have all of these feather boas on,” she told Billboard backstage after the awards show, where she put on her dancing shoes for a mega medley of 2015 hits from Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” to Fetty Wap‘s “Trap Queen.”
“It was all very inspiring to me,” she continued. “It’s not something I would’ve chosen to do — like ‘Let me host!’ — but when they asked I thought, ‘Maybe it’ll be something really beautiful for me to do.’”
The dancing queen said that staying true to herself was her top priority as host. “[I was] just kinda not trying to be a comedian, not trying to be anything but myself and just play to my strengths, and pay tribute to all the great artists of the year.”
J.Lo also offered a brief update on her forthcoming Las Vegas residency, kicking off on Jan. 20. “We have been in conceptual planning for months,” she said. “We’ll be ready. We still got a couple months. We’re gonna be alright.”
Watch the full interview above.