Jennifer Lopez went a little bit country at the opening night of her “All I Have” Las Vegas residency shows on January 20, where she performed Lee Ann Womack’s 2000 hit “I Hope You Dance.”
According to Billboard, after performing the ballad “Feel The Light” from the 2015 animated movie “Home”, the “American Idol” judge told the excited Sin City audience that she wanted to do something for her 7-year-old twins, Max and Emme.
Wearing a stunning satin projection gown that extended several feet in the air before being covered in shooting stars, Lopez launched into an emotional version of Womack’s CMA, ACM and Grammy award winning “I Hope You Dance” after telling the crowd that she just wants her children “to be happy.”
Lopez also incorporated lines from Zedd’s “Clarity” into the spectacular projection performance, which is expected to be a staple in her Las Vegas set, before getting visibly emotional towards the end of her stunning cover of Womack’s signature song.
But while Lopez’s choice to cover the country hit may come as a surprise, the star has admitted in the past that she’s actually a big fan of the genre.
“I’m a big country music fan,” Lopez told PopCrush in 2014, “I love country music. I would say, you know, besides hip-hop, country music is one of my favorite genres. I love it.” The “Shades of Blue” actress also admitted to the site at the time that she loves country’s niche ability to tell stories through song. “I love the storytelling in country music,” Lopez said, “I love the lyrics.”
Watch as Jennifer Lopez does a beautiful cover of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”: