Jennifer Lopez’s Three-Piece Suit May Have Been a Tribute to Janet Jackson, Not Michael

Liana Satenstein

Jennifer Lopez, who has long performed in skin-baring looks, switched it up tonight at the Billboard Music Awards. Instead, she wore a very dandy three-piece suit to perform her new single, “Dinero.” The optic white set boasted a larger-than-life silhouette: an artfully tailored jacket with a cinched waist and loose-fitting pants. J.Lo topped it off with a hat that sat so low, it almost covered her eyes, while accessories like bedazzled gloves, belt, a wallet chain, and a rhinestone-encrusted microphone added a hefty amount of sparkle and star power.

While many people took to Twitter to compare Lopez’s look to Michael Jackson’s white suit in “Smooth Criminal” (1988), J.Lo may have indeed been paying an homage to his sister, Janet Jackson, who was in attendance to accept the Icon Award. Fun fact: Ms. Jackson wore a pinstriped Zoot suit for her music video “Alright” in 1989. Though, no matter the reference, a woman rocking a suit makes for a timeless and powerful statement.

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<h1 class="title">Janet Jackson</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Janet Jackson

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<h1 class="title">Taylor Swift in Casadei shoes</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Taylor Swift in Casadei shoes

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<h1 class="title">Jennifer Lopez in Roberto Cavalli and Casadei shoes</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Jennifer Lopez in Roberto Cavalli and Casadei shoes

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<h1 class="title">Christina Aguilera in Lynn Ban jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Christina Aguilera in Lynn Ban jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Demi Lovato</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Demi Lovato

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<h1 class="title">Camila Cabello in Chopard jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Camila Cabello in Chopard jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano

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<h1 class="title">Dua Lipa in Alexandre Vauthier and Bvlgari jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Dua Lipa in Alexandre Vauthier and Bvlgari jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Hailey Baldwin in Jennifer Fisher jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Hailey Baldwin in Jennifer Fisher jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Shawn Mendes</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Shawn Mendes

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<h1 class="title">Halsey in Redemption and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Halsey in Redemption and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Nick Jonas</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Nick Jonas

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<h1 class="title">Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers

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<h1 class="title">Quavo</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Quavo

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<h1 class="title">French Montana</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

French Montana

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<h1 class="title">Kygo</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kygo

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<h1 class="title">Mila Kunis</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Mila Kunis

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<h1 class="title">John Legend</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

John Legend

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<h1 class="title">Ciara in Julien Macdonald</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Ciara in Julien Macdonald

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<h1 class="title">Cheryl James and Sandra Denton of Salt-N-Pepa</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Cheryl James and Sandra Denton of Salt-N-Pepa

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<h1 class="title">Ashlee Simpson Ross</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Ashlee Simpson Ross

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<h1 class="title">Padma Lakshmi</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Padma Lakshmi

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<h1 class="title">Kesha</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kesha

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<h1 class="title">Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis, and Cindy Herron of En Vogue</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis, and Cindy Herron of En Vogue

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<h1 class="title">Alison Brie</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Alison Brie

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<h1 class="title">Tyra Banks</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Tyra Banks

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<h1 class="title">DJ Khaled</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

DJ Khaled

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<h1 class="title">Andy Cohen</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Andy Cohen

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<h1 class="title">Chloe Kim</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Chloe Kim

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<h1 class="title">Prince Jackson</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Prince Jackson

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<h1 class="title">Chrissy Metz with a L'Afshar clutch</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Chrissy Metz with a L'Afshar clutch

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<h1 class="title">Justin Hartley</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Justin Hartley

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<h1 class="title">Bebe Rexha in Christian Siriano</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Bebe Rexha in Christian Siriano

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<h1 class="title">Kyle Trewartha of Grey, Zedd, Maren Morris, and Michael Trewartha of Grey</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kyle Trewartha of Grey, Zedd, Maren Morris, and Michael Trewartha of Grey

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<h1 class="title">Grace Vanderwaal in Hugo Boss and Chinese Laundry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Grace Vanderwaal in Hugo Boss and Chinese Laundry

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<h1 class="title">Darren Criss in Dior Homme</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Darren Criss in Dior Homme

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<h1 class="title">Khalid</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Khalid

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<h1 class="title">Ne-Yo</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Ne-Yo

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<h1 class="title">Jenna Dewan in Zuhair Murad</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Jenna Dewan in Zuhair Murad

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<h1 class="title">Normani Kordei</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Normani Kordei

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<h1 class="title">Julia Michaels</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Julia Michaels

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<h1 class="title">Luis Fonsi</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Luis Fonsi

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<h1 class="title">Jesse McCartney</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Jesse McCartney

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<h1 class="title">Cyn</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Cyn

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<h1 class="title">BTS in Gucci</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

BTS in Gucci

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<h1 class="title">Erika Jayne in Lynn Ban jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Erika Jayne in Lynn Ban jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Bonnie McKee</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Bonnie McKee

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<h1 class="title">Justine Skye in Lynn Ban jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Justine Skye in Lynn Ban jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Diplo</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Diplo

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