A Breakdown of JLo’s Motown Tribute At The Grammys
Whether you were curious, upset or unbothered, Jennifer Lopez still took to the stage on Sunday night and preformed Motown’s 60th Anniversary Tribute. Now, there is nothing wrong with her throwing your own flare on things and Ms. Lopez does not come to play when it comes to dancing but during her “Another Star” portion she brought the looks and apparently the salsa. It is safe to say that viewers were not having it and felt like her performance was more about celebrating herself than Motown. “J. Lo better not salsa her way to the cookout because she is uninvited for that terrible performance,” preacher Jared Sawyer Jr. tweeted on Sunday. “How do you do a Motown tribute without an ALL BLACK cast of artists?! And it’s Black History Month too.”
There is no doubt that Jenny from the Block is a great performer but viewers were side eyeing CBS’ decision to go with a non-black artist to celebrate a monumental label in black music. It’s arguable that her Puerto Rican infused style and sound are not exactly reminiscent of anything that came out of Motown considering that the Motown era embodied soul, jazz and R&B.
Along with four modern costume changes (that were not reminiscent of the 1960s era), Lopez performed familiar classic hits by the Jackson 5, The Marvelettes, Barret Strong, The Contours, The Temptations, and Edwin Starr. She was joined by Ne-yo, the host Alicia keys and Smokey Robinson who said all those who have a problem with it are just mad.
“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,” the Motown legend comments. “Motown was music for everybody. Everybody.”
The 49 year defended her decision to do the performance despite the backlash.
"It was for my mom. I could cry. It's such a good moment. It's just a dream come true," she explained that she grew up listening to Motown hits because her mother was always a big fan. The thing about music is that it inspires all. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. You can't tell people what to love. 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."