Jennifer Lopez arrives at the March of Dimes luncheon (Getty Images)
However, on Friday, the actress/singer/TV judge/humanitarian was honored for being a mother with the Grace Kelly Award at the 8th March of Dimes Celebration of Babies luncheon in Beverly Hills. (The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.)
"It's really humbling, you know?" Lopez, 44, told omg!. "Every mom knows [the challenge of] juggling work and being a mom. What's great about it is that the priority is really set. They come first and you come second and everything else has to kind of fall in line, which makes it crazy!"
J.Lo is the mother of 5-year-old twins, Max and Emme, whom she had with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
"They are so the focus all the time," she continued. "Just to be honored for being able to juggle that in a way gracefully is kind of the goal. I'm really proud to be here today."
Despite rumors of a split, the "On the Floor" singer was accompanied to the event by boyfriend Casper Smart, 26. The returning "American Idol" judge revealed that following the luncheon, she would be heading home to decorate the Christmas tree with her family.
"You know, we play Christmas music, we have hot chocolate, we all put balls on the tree," she said while discussing her tree decorating ritual. "It's normal!"
As for her holiday plans, the actress said she was looking forward to a low-key celebration.
"We're just going to be with the family," Jen said with a smile. "A regular Puerto Rican family Christmas!"
Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez share a moment at the event (Getty Images)
CAA power agent Kevin Huvane presented his client and longtime friend with her award.
"She uses her celebrity to advocate for voices that have no microphones, no flashbulbs, no paparazzi," Huvane noted during his introduction. "She makes sure that these children, who deserve the spotlight and attention, that they get it. So for this, Jennifer is so deserving of the award named after Grace Kelly … Like Grace Kelly, she believes her most important role in life is being a mother and a protector of kids."
Clearly moved, Lopez got emotional when heading up to the stage.
"As a kid, Grace Kelly was a woman I thought I knew well because my mother worshipped her and her movies … to a little girl growing up in the Bronx, no one could seem more alluring or glamorous," Jennifer explained. "In every way, she and I couldn't have been more different … What I wouldn't realize until years later is that I wouldn't know the whole story of Grace Kelly … that we would share the same vision, that all babies should be born strong and healthy.
"There is one thing I know for sure about her," Lopez continued. "She experienced the joy of giving birth to her first child, her second, and her third. She had the same fears, wishes, dreams that we all do. When she looked into that beautiful new face maybe she realized, like I did when my children were born, it's not just about me anymore, or how I look or feel. But that there was something now, something new, that defines you as a person. Not just that you are a mother, but that now you understood that happiness, health, and the well being of another person is more important to you than anything else in the universe. That everything else simply fell away in comparison."
Along with Jennifer Lopez, Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks was honored with the Inspiring Woman of the Year title while Balaji Govindaswami, MD, MPH, and Chief of the Division of Neonatology and NICU Director at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received the 2013 Advocacy & Government Affairs Volunteer Champion award. Over a million dollars was raised during Friday's event.
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