People's Choice Awards 2017: Jennifer Lopez wore a basic hair tie in her ponytail because she's a queen

Anytime Jennifer Lopez and an awards show are involved, you can expect there to be some serious slayage. That's just basic red carpet math. (And the result of some well-placed highlighter—what human has those cheekbones?) So, if we were here to say that tonight at the 2017 People's Choice Awards Jennifer Lopez looked fantastic, we're pretty sure the response would be "duh."

Instead, we're here to talk about her ponytail. Not because it wasn't just any old ponytail, but because it was. J.Lo literally wore her hair tied back with the same crappy dollar store hair elastic you probably have on your wrist at this very moment. You know, that one you "borrowed" from a friend.

Take a closer look:

Jennifer Lopez rocks $1 hair tie at the 2017 PCAs
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Jennifer Lopez rocks $1 hair tie at the 2017 PCAs
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Really, it deserves a close up, because I actually had to zoom in tight to confirm that, yup, this indeed wasn't some bobby pin magic or hair wrap sorcery celebrity stylists are known for. This is the hair tie you steal from SoulCycle and hide in the bottom of your bag. And damn she makes it look good.

Now, if you've ever read a beauty site (which we're assuming yes, since hi, hey, here you are!), you've likely come across a dozen of stories talking about all the ways you can make a ponytail un-boring. There's barrettes! Bobby pins! Bows! You can wrap them, you can cuff them, heck you can even belt them. Each of which are great, because a girl's got to have her options. Sometimes you want to switch it up. But that shouldn't come at the expense of feeling like a basic hair tie = giving up. And J.Lo, the humble queen she is, is here to prove that.

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2016 People's Choice Award Red Carpet Arrivals
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2016 People's Choice Award Red Carpet Arrivals
White hot! Notorious red carpet stunner Kate Hudson turned heads in a sophisticated, strapless, white jumpsuit, which she teamed with a cool clutch and swept up locks. And talk about a glow! Perhaps her new rumored romance with Nick Jonas has something to do with it. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Wowza! "Blood and Oil' star and former model Amber Valletta was all kinds of sexy in a nude dress with side slits. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Chicago Fire" actor Taylor Kinney was one of the hunkiest men on the red carpet. Lady Gaga's leading man looked great in a dark suit and T-shirt. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
There has to be something illegal about how insanely hot Priyanka Chopra looked! The "Quantico" actress was perfection in a sequined dress with metallic colors. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Lea Michele put her fit frame on display in this simple black minidress. The cool patterns along the bodice add an extra element of cool. 
Meghan Trainor fit right in at the show in a sparkly mini-dress with long sleeves. We love her gold-tip heels too. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Sneaky Sandra Bullock! The A-list actress skipped the red carpet but snuck into the award show in this pretty red dress and nude heels.. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Va va voom! "PLL" star Shay Mitchell reminded us of her incredible legs in this shockingly sexy dress with a super high side-slit and a set of sparkly heels. Nicely done, Shay. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Metallic maven! Vanessa Hudgens went for a slinky look in this silver number with a thigh-high slit in the front. She polished off the seriously edgy look with a choker and seriously smoky eyes. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
One of this year's favorite leading ladies, Alison Brie showed off her softer side in a pastel, min green dress with simple cutouts. She wore her hair down in simple curls, completing the sweet look. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
"Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo was the essences of ease in a black dress with studded embellishments and a swept-back hairdo. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"DWTS" judge Julianne Hough showed off her thin frame in this form-fitting dress. We love the mod twist she took on her ensemble with her tight topknot. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)
Ashley Benson packed a punch in a short, black mini dress with a high neckline. She kept the look super sleek with a tight ponytail and bronzer on her cheeks. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
"Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale struck the perfect note of sweet, pretty and bohemian in a lace, corset dress with sheer panels. We love the off-beat yet formal look. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
"This Is Where I Leave You" star Abigail Spencer nailed the red carpet in a red dress with an on-trend skirt around the mini. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
 Chris Hemsworth crept into the show and scooped up an award without even hitting the red carpet. But we had to at least document his hot, low-key look of jeans and a button down. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen didn't exactly wow us with her black leather ensemble. She seems to be taking her Joan Jett impersonation pretty far and the tight dress seemed a little too rocker for this occasion. What do you think of the look? (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Homeland" actress Claire Danes definitely didn't take too many chances with her sweet black and white dress, but we like the look with it's hidden panels and chainmail like look. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Morales looked lovely in a burgundy dress. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy showed off her slender new figure in a pink blouse and sparkly black pants. She's absolutely glowing! (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"Life In Pieces" star Betsy Brandt, 42, opted for a sweet frock with a mosaic-like pattern. Her red lips punched up the otherwise subdued look. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Handsome hottie! Actor Ed Westwick still knows how to make the ladies swoon -- just check out this slick suit and his pastel shirt. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Fashion standard! Portia de Rossi and her wife and honoree Ellen DeGeneres popped a perfect red carpet pose with their color-coordinated, monochromatic looks. They really can do no wrong on the red carpet. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Host Jane Lynch was all about pattern play at the People's Choice Awards 2016. The "Glee" actress looked comfortable and cool in her turquoise dress coat and gold blouse.  (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actress Renee Olstead was equal parts sexy and sweet in a sparkly, green frock. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Wow! "Teen Wolf" Arden Cho stopped us in our steps with her stunning red rose dress with long draping sleeves. We love the unique look. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Purple power! Reality star and singer Christina Milian didn't bother with basic neutrals and opted for this purple, two-toned, sparkly gown with matching sandals and clutch. It's a little Barney the Dinosaur for our taste though. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes was causal yet cool in this ensemble. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Marvel: Agents of Shield" star Ming-Na Wen showed off her stems in a red rose dress with a sweetheart neckline. We're on the fence with the look, but we love her hair. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
"Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke kept it simple and sleek in a blush-colored suit with a plunging neckline. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
No fuss, no muss. "Teen Wolf" hottie Tyler Posey didn't even bother dressing up for the award show and donned a pair of jeans and a henley T-shirt. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Suited up! Jack Black looked slick in a dark suit with a chambray-colored shirt. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Castle" star Tamala Jones was the gold standard in a striped dress with a high neckline. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
"Scream Queen's" stunner Keke Palmer looked scarily awesome in a black two-piece ensemble. The lace crop top and sleeves with the simple skirt was modern and cool. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Katherine McNamara was a red-hot siren in a white dress with a lead-like pattern. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Nia Long was hot, hot hot in this simple black dress. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Normally this much skin on the red carpet would leave us aghast, but actress Shelley Hennig nailed it in a bright blue jumpsuit. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"Code Black" actress Marcia Gay Harden was gorgeous in a velvet, jewel-toned gown. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
"Marvel" lead Clark Gregg went the navy suit route and looked handsome as ever. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Maggie Lawson was a vision in this white, lace-like number. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"The Voice" winner Jordan Smith and producer David Foster looked sleek in black suits. We especially like Jordan's velvet jacket. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Vampire Diaries" star Kat Graham also opted for a corset-like dress with panels. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
 Internet personality Nash Grier attends the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
"Hunger Games" hottie Natalie Dormer was glam and on-trend in a jumpsuit with a sheer neckline. We love the edgy look. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Chris Delia was one of the only gents to toss on a formal suit -- and we love it!. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
"Minority Report" star Meagan Good almost resembled a mermaid in this minty, flowy frock. Do you like the look? (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jason Derulo looked pretty fly in his metallic suit and loaders, but we're not totally in love with Daphne Joy's white dress with a deep back (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Dancer Maddie Ziegler was sweet as can be in a watercolor-like dress. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Producer Mark Burnett opted for a casual and fun look for the red carpet. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actress Kether Donohue wore a prom-like dress to the swanky award show. We'll give her points for the pretty belt and pop of color on her lips, but we aren't a fan of this look (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"PLL" star Troian Bellisario went extremely modern with her blue and white patterned dress and slicked back hair. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Colin Hanks is turning into quite the snazzy dresser: case in point his plaid jacket, suit and well-fitted pants. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actress Sasha Alexander was a perfect pop of color at the fancy award show. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Camilla Luddington nailed the art of simplicity with this pretty white minidress. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
"Dancing" duo Stephen 'Twitch' Boss and wife Allison Holker were equal parts glam at the award show -- don't you just love their looks? (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actors Raza Jaffrey and Lara Pulver went the very sophisticated route with their ensembles. Her pink suit totally outshines his basic black and gray combo though. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Internet personality Cameron Dallas attends the People's Choice Awards 2016. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Nathalie Emmanuel was on-trend with this sheer number, but letting it all hang out doesn't seem totally appropriate for this classy fete. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Sure, her stylist did make the effort to use a tie that matched her hair color—unlike the bright hot pink one I've been wearing all week since I lost all my others ¯\(ツ)/¯. The style itself is also slick and sleek, and we're sure a handful of products and time went into getting it perfect. (We'll report back once we get the full details.) But this is a fundamentally huge win for the lowly, overlooked hair elastic, and we're here for it.

Here's to rolling up to work tomorrow wearing the "J.Lo"—even if our uniforms are Forever21 and not Reem Acra.

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