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Jennifer Lopez Paid Tribute To Queen Of Salsa Celia Cruz And The Internet Felt Strongly About It

Most were proud to see JLo pay tribute to a legend — others not so much.

Posted on November 25, 2013, at 1:56 p.m. ET

Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to salsa legend Celia Cruz with a high-energy medley at the American Music Awards hosted by Pitbull.

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JLo had a lot to live up to in stepping into the beloved Cuban singer's shoes.

A lot of people thought she pulled it off.

JLo's tribute to Celia Cruz. Amazing! #AMAs

Bitter Velvetine

@whoisjosue

JLo's tribute to Celia Cruz. Amazing! #AMAs

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Excelente tribute to Celia Cruz by la fab @JLo wepa! #AMAs is all about the #Latino world this year ..love it!

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@webcitygirls

Excelente tribute to Celia Cruz by la fab @JLo wepa! #AMAs is all about the #Latino world this year ..love it!

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i don’t really like jennifer lopez but her celia cruz tribute was on point

DJ Catalyst

@djcatalyst

i don’t really like jennifer lopez but her celia cruz tribute was on point

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Jennifer Lopez's Celia Cruz tribute at the #AMAs2013 was the most amazing thing ever. VIDEO: http://t.co/LMITHLYi2x

Elena Gorgan

@ElenaGorgan

Jennifer Lopez's Celia Cruz tribute at the #AMAs2013 was the most amazing thing ever. VIDEO: http://t.co/LMITHLYi2x

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Our culture shines bright tonight. @Pitbull hosting & @JLo's tribute to our #CeliaCruz at the #AMA2013.

Jorge Plasencia

@jorgeplasencia

Our culture shines bright tonight. @Pitbull hosting & @JLo's tribute to our #CeliaCruz at the #AMA2013.

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"@jlo killed last night #AMA #Tribute to the great #CeliaCruz"

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Others, not so much.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

JLo was no "azucar", her tribute to Celia Cruz was more like simple syrup. She doesn't have an ounce of Celia's greatness.

Adrian Aviles

@adrianaviles

JLo was no "azucar", her tribute to Celia Cruz was more like simple syrup. She doesn't have an ounce of Celia's greatness.

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Jennifer Lopez's performance is perfect; I always liked Celia Cruz, but didn't think she sounded enough like she grew up in the Bronx. #AMAS

Vanessa Ramos

@thatRamosgirl

Jennifer Lopez's performance is perfect; I always liked Celia Cruz, but didn't think she sounded enough like she grew up in the Bronx. #AMAS

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By the way..#celiacruz must be rolling in her grave.. JLO i love u to death.. pero la voz te quedo muy chiquita!

danny hastings

@dannyhastings

By the way..#celiacruz must be rolling in her grave.. JLO i love u to death.. pero la voz te quedo muy chiquita!

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Jennifer Lopez get outa here. You making Celia Cruz turn in her grave. Smh

Hugo Medina A.

@_HMAz

Jennifer Lopez get outa here. You making Celia Cruz turn in her grave. Smh

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Whoever thought it was a good idea of JLo to "sing" Celia Cruz songs should be taken out back and beaten with a rubber hose.

Chance

@ChanceEncounter

Whoever thought it was a good idea of JLo to "sing" Celia Cruz songs should be taken out back and beaten with a rubber hose.

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Oh dear lord. I couldn't even finish watching the Celia Cruz tribute by JLo wtf was that. She's a horrible choice.

Ali

@vbgirlie

Oh dear lord. I couldn't even finish watching the Celia Cruz tribute by JLo wtf was that. She's a horrible choice.

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A popular sentiment was that Lopez did a fine job, but it was a reminder that there was only one Celia Cruz.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

In the end, Jlo's performance just made me miss our querida Celia Cruz.

Maria Hinojosa

@Maria_Hinojosa

In the end, Jlo's performance just made me miss our querida Celia Cruz.

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Like most contested pop culture debates, we'll have to let Justin Timberlake decide this one.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Nice job, JLo.

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