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Good songs live on. But great songs? Great songs know no boundaries.

Sixteen years ago, Lee Ann Womack voiced one of the greatest songs of all time in “I Hope You Dance.”  Brilliantly written with such an uplifting message, the song quickly became a #1 hit.  Since then, it has been performed by a number of musicians including Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta and R&B legend Gladys Knight.

Now you can add Jennifer Lopez to the list.

Having shown her love for the song by hand picking it for Lauren Alaina to perform on “American Idol,” Lopez has now included “I Hope You Dance” in the set list for her residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.


In the clip, J-Lo is lifted into the rafters with the skirt of her gown extending farther and farther as she continues the song. Images are projected onto the white skirt as part of the dazzling performance. While the performance had all the makings of a Vegas show, this was an intimate moment as J-Lo dedicated the song to her seven year-old twin sons.

While Vegas may be its newest home, “I Hope You Dance” has seen quite the trip around the world.  In addition to charting in numerous countries, Lee Ann performed the song at the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway and in 2014, she sang it at author/activist Maya Angelou’s funeral.

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