The singer later announced that she had rescheduled her performance for Monday night to make up for the canceled concert.
Just after taking the stage Saturday night, Jennifer Lopez was forced to call off her concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden amid a widespread power outage in the city.
The outage was initiated by a transformer fire that started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue, according to the New York City Fire Department.
“They just told me to get offstage,” J. Lo said in a video clip on Twitter, filmed backstage and Madison Square Garden. “I was waiting there. Obviously all the power went out in the city and obviously here at Madison Square Garden.”
“They’re asking everybody to evacuate, very slowly and calmly,” she said in her update.
“I am obviously heartbroken and devastated … I love you. I’m so sorry this happened in the middle of our moment,” said J. Lo.
In a second video, she added: “I just don’t even know what to say. I just want you guys to know that you’re gonna get your money’s worth, that we are going to come back and we’re gonna do an amazing show for you. I am so sorry that this happened. Obviously, it was beyond all of our control. The building handled it very well. They did the smartest thing for everybody’s safety.”
Later Saturday night, Lopez announced that she will return to Madison Square Garden on Monday to make up for the concert that was canceled. Audience members with tickets for Friday night will be honored for the newly rescheduled performance date. Original tickets will not need to be exchanged.