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Jennifer Lopez pays tribute to late Celia Cruz at AMAs [VIDEO]

Jennifer Lopez received a standing ovation for her tribute to late Cuban salsa legend Celia Cruz.

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Kate Stanton
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs tribute to legendary singer Celia Cruz at the 41st annual American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs tribute to legendary singer Celia Cruz at the 41st annual American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez belatedly honored Cuban-born salsa great Celia Cruz, who passed away in 2003, with a high-energy performance at the American Music Awards Sunday night.

The 44-year-old singer and actress' tribute included three costume changes, a stage full of dancers and a lift from Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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"Thank you everyone! Yesterday was beautiful and incredible on so many levels!!!" Lopez tweeted Monday.

"THAT just happened! #AMAs @JLo is EN FUEGO!!!" Chmerkovskiy tweeted.

Known as the "Queen of Salsa," Cruz recorded 23 gold albums and won seven Grammy Awards.

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