Inauguration Day Isn't the First Time Jennifer Lopez Used 'Let's Get Loud' to Get Political

Some Americans were shocked to hear Jennifer Lopez insert one of her own songs into her inauguration performance on Wednesday, but it isn't totally surprising given her history. J. Lo used the song "Let's Get Loud" to make political statements before, and President Joe Biden's welcome wasn't much different.

Reactions were mixed when Lopez added the simple, lyrical line "Let's get loud" to her rendition of "America the Beautiful." Lopez used the song, which was released in 1999, to speak for her Black Lives Matter and immigration views, making it a politician charm of sorts in places Lopez hopes to see change.

When Lopez first used "Let's Get Loud" a year ago during the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show, it wasn't surprising: The song is one of her biggest hits. But she also introduced the dance track while children were pictured in cages while wearing American flag sweaters—a reference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment centers.

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Jennifer Lopez sings during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20. Rob Carr/Getty Images/Getty

Lopez used the same lyrics when she and Alex Rodriguez marched in a Black Lives Matter protest in June. Rodriguez carried a sign that said: "Let's Get Loud for Black Lives Matter."

So, given the use of "Let's Get Loud" in her political statements this past year, Lopez's inserting a quick snippet of the song makes sense. Politically, Lopez has been supportive of Biden since before the election. When Biden was elected in November, Lopez tearfully shared her support for the president-elect on Instagram.

"Echoing the words of everyone saying that we are headed toward a better day, a more united country. I'm just crying tears of joy," she said. "I hope that we can all come together and love each other and appreciate each other. It's a new day."

As "Let's Get Loud" came up in yet another Lopez statement, it didn't necessarily sit right with every viewer. Jokes about Lopez's decision to include her own song in a rendition of "America the Beautiful" and "This Land is Your Land" blew up the internet before Biden was even formally sworn in as president. The moment sparked hilarious commentary from all over Twitter.

My cat when JLo broke into “Let’s get Loud” 😂

— Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48) January 20, 2021

No, J. Lo did not just throw in a quick “LET’S GET LOUD.” LOLOLOLOL.

— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 20, 2021

"A song that means a lot to me: it's called 'Let's Get Loud.'"

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 20, 2021

I need to know if the Biden team was aware that JLO would work in "let's get loud"....

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 20, 2021

Me watching JLo sneak in “Let’s Get Loud”

— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) January 20, 2021

Let’s Get Loud (This Land is Your Land Remix)

— Bedder (@itgetsbedder) January 20, 2021

Thank you JLo for that iconic This land is your land/let’s get loud mashup!!!

— carly aquilino (@carlyaquilino) January 20, 2021

When J Lo threw in “let’s get loud” for 0 reason while singing 😭

— Honey Buns (@HoneySoThickk) January 20, 2021

JLo really inserted "Let's Get Loud" into her song, so Gaga really should have said "for the laaaaaaand of the FREEEEE..... RAAAAIN OOOON MEEEE"

— Matt Ortile (@ortile) January 20, 2021

While the internet continues to enjoy Lopez's improvisation, it seems, her use of the song on Wednesday likely signified her praise for change and the right of Americans to "get loud" in support of a new beginning.

Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks also sang songs to celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.