Britney Spears (left) in 2000 and Jennifer Lopez in 2011
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11/20/2011 AT 10:30 PM EST
For Jennifer Lopez
, less was more at the American Music Awards.
"Less" being a barely there, sheer body suit that made a jaw-dropping statement Sunday night at Los Angeles's Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. On stage, she shook and shimmied to a medley of her hits "Until It Beats No More," "Papi" and "On the Floor."
It was a triumphant awards show return for Lopez following her split from
Marc Anthony this past summer after seven years of marriage.
Not to mention sexy.
The singer kept it sultry and sassy as she peeled off layer after layer of her costume throughout her performance. By "On the Floor," she was baring almost all in a sheer bodysuit with glittery detailing.
It was also a statement strikingly similar to the one that fellow pop icon Britney Spears
made more than a decade ago at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards
. Like Lopez, she dazzled the audience with a strip-tease like dance routine that ended with a barely there sparkly-nude ensemble.
Living up to her title as PEOPLE's reigning Most Beautiful Woman
Lopez, 42, is more than twice as old as Spears was when she wore a similar ensemble (Spears was 17 at the time).
Perhaps it was a tough act to follow for Marc Anthony, who took the stage moments later with Pitbull and Lil Jon to sing "Rain Over Me."
Lopez's performance was met with a standing ovation, and she picked up honors later for favorite artist in the Latin music category.
"It's been a really amazing year in so many ways," she said as she accepted the award. "It's been up and down and just exciting and overwhelming."
Like Spears, Lopez's sparkling moment was show-stopping, but tell us: