Jennifer Lopez displayed her Puerto Rican pride as well as a tribute to her New York hometown when she took the American Idol stage on Thursday night.
The 44-year-old performed her new single I Luh Ya Papi on a stage filled with graffiti, including a drawing of the Puerto Rican flag and the word Bronx, the neighborhood where she was born and raised.
To open the performance, Lopez sat on the stoop of a prop building and conversed with American Idol alums Pia Toscano (season 10), Jessica Sanchez (season 11), and Allison Iraheta (season 8). The ladies sang an a cappella segment right before Lopez reminded everyone why she's a superstar.
Along with two backup dancers, J. Lo didn't miss a beat as she performed an entertaining dance sequence, wearing jean shorts, sneakers and tons of gold jewelry.
She also incorporated a little bit of Southern flair into the performance by including the Nae Nae, a dance move that originated in Atlanta, Ga.
Rapper French Montana eventually joined Lopez on stage to perform his verse and he easily outdid her with the gold jewelry.
The upbeat performance received praise on social media and even started trending worldwide on Twitter with the hashtag "ILuhYaPapiOnIdol."
The song appears on Lopez's upcoming tenth studio album expected on June 17.
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) March 21, 2014