Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Grammys Tribute Has Viewers Confused

Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Grammys Tribute Has Viewers Confused

Ahead of the 2019 Grammys, it was revealed Jennifer Lopez was taped as a performer for a Motown tribute, which ruffled a lot of feathers.

Lopez performed "Please Mr. Postman" while wearing a black ensemble with white feathers and accompanied by a group of dancers. "And it's Black History Month too".

Lopez, who said she listened to Motown songs as a kid, said, "I grew up with this music and me and my sisters, the three of us, we were, like, the backups".

She added: 'The thing about music is that it inspires all. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", she told the publication. "You can't tell people what to love", she said. You can't tell people what they can and can't do, what they should sing or not sing. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense. Variety pointed out that Motown artists like Mary Wells, Lionel Ritchie, or Stevie Wonder might have been a better choice, noting that "There are other tributes worthy of J. Lo as the headliner, but this one, a celebration of a record label that was dedicated to celebrating black talent when few other labels cared, deserved a black talent as its star". J.Lo had previously performed an homage to Celia Cruz, another black performer, at the American Music Awards in 2013; at that time, many felt she should have passed the opportunity on to a black Latina.


Lopez shared that the show's producers, in addition to Motown founder Berry Gordy, were "thrilled" that she was involved in the tribute.

"Hey man, Motown was music for everybody". "But for some people, [it wasn't], and that's OK. We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true".

"I don't think anyone who's intelligent is upset", the 78-year-old entertainer said, "I think anyone who's upset is stupid".

But despite being joined on stage by Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys and her fellow "World of Dance" judge Ne-Yo, Lopez's performance was a dud for many people watching at home, who previously expressed irritation with a non-Black performer headlining the tribute. "Everybody... Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?".

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