Don't drop J.Lo! Maksim Chmerkovskiy had the honor -- and huge responsibility -- of lifting Jennifer Lopez up in the air while performing together at the 2013 American Music Awards in L.A. on Sunday, Nov. 24. The 33-year-old former Dancing With the Stars pro joined the 44-year-old singer and her other backup dancers to give an unforgettable tribute to Cuban salsa performer Celia Cruz.
Chmerkovskiy showed off his bare chest and muscles in an unbuttoned pink dress shirt while dancing alongside Lopez. The sexy songstress also flaunted her body in a cleavage-baring purple fringe bodysuit.
At one moment during the act, Chmerkovskiy lifted Lopez up horizontally above his head. Lopez held his arm and shoulder while the dance pro grabbed her arm and thigh. In a response to Perez Hilton calling the stunt "epic" on Twitter, Chmerkovskiy confessed that it was "the most stressful four seconds of my life!"
Fortunately, Chmerkovskiy pulled it off without any mishaps. He also shared his appreciation for being a part of the performance by posting a photo with the rest of the backup dancers on Instagram. "ABUNDANCE of talent in this picture had nothing to do with the end result!" he captioned the group shot. "The hardest working group of dancers I've worked with!"
Lopez also tweeted the next day, "Thank you everyone! Yesterday was beautiful and incredible on so many levels!!!"
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Lifts Jennifer Lopez Above His Head at AMAs, Calls Performance "Stressful"