During a commercial break on NBC's World of Dance Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez explained where her now-famous nickname "J.Lo" came from.
In April of 2019, Business Insider reported that Lopez told the Chicago Tribune, in 2001, that “J.Lo” was a name her music fans gave her. However, according to Lopez's account on Tuesday, that wasn't quite true.
The revelation came about after Lopez asked fellow judge Ne-Yo where his stage name came from. Ne-Yo explained, "I used to pride myself on how fast I could write a song. Producer friend of mine said, 'Man, you're like the Neo of the music industry.' Basically saying how, like, in the movie 'The Matrix.'" Lopez then shared that her nickname came from rapper Heavy D.
"J.Lo came from Heavy D,” said Lopez. “The rapper. He would come into the studio when I was making my first album, and he would always call me Jenny Lo. And I was dating Puffy at the time, and so, Puffy and Jennifer Lo, or Jenny Lo, was showing up in records. Like, they were talking about us in records and stuff like that." And since J.Lo and Ne-Yo kind of go together, Lopez thought it only made sense that she gave the third World of Dance judge, Derek Hough, his own nickname to match – D.Ho.