Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as JLo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author, and producer. Lopez gained her first high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. She received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997, a portrayal that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. For her role in Out of Sight the following year, Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over US$1 million for a film. She ventured into the music industry in 1999 with her debut studio album On the 6, preceded by the number-one single “If You Had My Love”.
In March 2016, six years after announcing her departure, she announced her return to Epic Records, signing a multi-album deal with the label. Her first single since returning to Epic, “Ain’t Your Mama”, was released the following month. Lopez reprised her voice role as Shira in the animated film Ice Age: Collision Course, which was released in July 2016. That October, Billboard confirmed that Lopez is working on her second Spanish album, which is set to be released in 2017 through Sony Music Latin. Marc Anthony serves as executive producer for the album. The following month, she released a cover version of the song “Olvídame y Pega la Vuelta”, a duet with Anthony.
Lopez announced a new dance competition series entitled World of Dance, for which she serves as an executive producer and judge. Created in partnership with World of Dance, the series was greenlit by NBC with a straight-to-series order for ten episodes. As an executive producer, Lopez is also developing an untitled legal drama for CBS and futuristic drama series entitled C.R.I.S.P.R. for NBC. In collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti, she has designed a capsule collection of shoes and jewelry. Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez will launch in January 2017.