Jennifer Lopez and Muhammad Ali (Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez made a smoking hot appearance at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona, dazzling in a tan and black strapless Maria Lucia Hohan dress and sending jaws dropping. After all, it takes a true diva to try to steal the spotlight from the G.O.A.T.
More than $7.2 million was raised at the event, which took place at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and honored Lopez, Steve Martin, and Washington Companies' Dennis Washington. The night included performances from Lopez, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Ray Cyrus, and others. Reba McEntire, who returned for her eighth year as host, emceed the event.
Other celebs in attendance included Billy Crystal, Yank Barry, Jerry Colangelo, Bo Derek, Keith Harkin, Evander Holyfield, Mannie Jackson, Michael Johns, Nancy Lieberman, Mario Lopez, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mckay, Joe Manganiello, Sam Moore, Frankie Muniz, Lute Olson, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Kevin Sorbo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Verne Troyer, and Kenny Williams.
The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the Phoenix Boys Choir and continued with a special performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. The awards portion of the evening included a special video tribute to Ali and his wife Lonnie Ali from the legendary Sir Paul McCartney.
Following the awards were several other music performances coordinated by the night's Musical Director, David Foster. Billy Ray Cyrus sang “Hillbilly Heart,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” followed by "American Idol" finalist Haley Reinhart, who sang her rendition of “Bennie and The Jets.” Rita Wilson performed “Personally,” followed by U.S. "X Factor" winner Tate Stevens, singing “Got This” and “Power of a Love Song.” Andrea Bocelli performed “Ave Maria,” “Funiculì, Funiculà,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” “O sole mio,” “Con Te Partirò,” and a special duet of “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Lopez, marking the first time the duo have ever performed together. J.Lo closed out the evening with “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Club Tropicana,” “Let’s Get Loud,” and “On the Floor.”
The live auction featured items including a dinner with Reba McEntire at her Beverly Hills, California, home, with special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and David Foster, which went for a total of $800,000 – with two bidders paying $400,000 each. Hanks also threw in two tickets to his upcoming Broadway show “Lucky Guy” plus a backstage meet and greet. A week-long trip to Tuscany plus a special VIP performance by Andrea Bocelli, followed by a private dinner with the musician himself, was also offered and went for $550,000.
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. In 18 years, the event has raised more than $80 million. For more info, head to www.celebrityfightnight.org.
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