If there is one thing that American R&B artist Jennifer Lopez wants you to know, it is that she has got the art of booty-shaking down pat.
There was plenty of bum-wiggling and more at her show on Sunday night, where she gave a high-octane closing set to wrap up the Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix weekend.
For 90 minutes, the Latin-American pop icon - looking trimmer and fitter than in her last performance here at Gardens by the Bay two years ago - entertained the crowd with hits spanning her 15-year career in music. At age 45, Lopez proved she still has the vocal chops and the moves to rock a crowd in the thousands.
Her costume changes could easily rival pop music showgirl Cher's. From sequinned sheer bodysuits to teeny rompers that showed off her toned abs, she rocked her set in a series of figure-hugging costumes that left little to the imagination.
Lopez, or J.Lo as she is called affectionately by her fans, certainly delivered a racy performance at the Padang that was the perfect follow-up to British driver Lewis Hamilton's win at the Singapore GP.
"Congrats to 'Lewie', we got to keep the celebration going. I want to see everyone on their feet, dancing, clapping, singing, everything," she yelled to the audience, before taking it back to her J.Lo days with hits such as Ain't It Funny and I'm Real.
On Booty, her latest single off her recently released eighth studio album A.K.A, she made the crowd go wild as she spanked her bottom and lifted her skirt to reveal a black sequinned underpant. She also got her male back-up dancers to take pictures of her bottom mid-song.
It wasn't all style and no substance for Lopez, who was once offered a job to be back-up dancer for Janet Jackson before her solo singing career took off. Butt-tease or not, she performed high-energy choreographed routines that never missed a beat. Clearly, she was in top form and could put her pop music peers half her age to shame.
Songs such as If You Had My Love, the debut single that catapulted her to pop fame in 1999, and Waiting For Tonight, were given a bass-heavy remix that added to the arena rock atmosphere.
While Lopez is known for her dance-pop numbers that mesh Latino beats, hip-hop and R&B, there were moments when her vocals shone. She went for the big notes on the emotive ballad Never Satisfied, channelling a young Stevie Nicks by spinning around in circles in a black cape as her guitarist broke out in a rock solo.
Reminding the audience again of her roots - she was a street-wise New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx - she donned a gold bedazzled NY cap to perform Jenny From The Block.
With bursts of confetti and fireworks, she closed her set with the big band-inspired hit Hold It Don't Drop It, bringing a sizzling hot end to the F1 race weekend.
This article was first published on Sept 23, 2014.
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