Jennifer Lopez celebrates the 20-year anniversary of her first album 'On the 6'

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It's hard to believe but it's been 20 years since we met Jennifer Lopez, the pop star. The singer celebrated the 20-year anniversary of her debut album On the 6 this past weekend, and it made her reminisce on how far she's come and all the success she has had in both her acting and singing career since.

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The album was released on June 1, 1999, and now two decades later, the "Medicine" songstress is still working hard at her craft and ready to head out on her It's My Party tour. J.Lo shared some videos from her celebrations this week and she also shared just how much her first album meant to her.  

Jen shared an emotional message the day of the anniversary, along with a throwback clip.

J.Lo shared an old interview of herself when she explains that her singing career wasn't a gimmick and it was her dream all along, even before she became an actress. "Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since I released On the 6!!! The girl in this video never had a doubt that this was the place she was supposed to be...so confident and sure and maybe a lil oblivious and even ignorant lol... to all that was ahead," she captioned the clip on Saturday, June 1. "I try to hold on to her everyday... through all the ups and downs... I’m glad I have been able to always hold on to the dreamer✨... the lil girl inside with the endless possibilities... I still believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!! Happy 20th anniversary!!! Couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without all of your love and support all these years!! I LOVE YOU ALL. ❤️ See you on tour!! [Lets] go celebrate! 🎉."

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Her dancers surprised her with a super cute celebration.

Jen is currently in rehearsals for her upcoming It's My Party, which kicks off on Friday, June 7, and it's a celebration of her upcoming 50th birthday. Her milestone birthday also coincides with the release of her first album, which gave us hits like, "If You Had My Love," "No Me Ames"  "Waiting for Tonight," "Feelin' So Good" and "Let's Get Loud." The album quickly rose to the top of the charts and went No.1 at the time and so did her first single, "If You Had My Love."

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She shared the full clip of the celebration on YouTube.

Her dancers got her "6" balloons as well as a cake with the album cover on it. J.Lo gave quite the moving speech about how far she's come and all the growth in her life since she released the project and since she was 30. "This girl was saying, 'I want love.' And then she realized it was always inside of her," she said while looking at the photo on the cake. "I had to learn to love me."

The cake was such a sweet touch.

The Hustlers actress was definitely caught by surprise by her team and her dancers during rehearsals when they brought out this cake. That album cover is so iconic and definitely a reminder of how big of a star she became following the release of this album.

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Jen recently spoke about the significance of this anniversary.

Jen recently spoke about the significance of this anniversary.

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"It's been 20 years since my first album. All of this is all very amazing. It coincides [with the tour] because it was [released] June 1, 1999. And now we're going out [on tour June 7], so that same week," she told Entertainment Tonight. "When you're young, you're just so, like, you think you know everything. When my first album came out...I just thought that I had it all figured out."

She added: "You don't realize until you're in your 30s that you know nothing. Then in your 40s, you start kind of figuring it all out. And then when you're 50, you're just like, 'I'm just me and it's good.' It's great."

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