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.
Yet the 49-year-old superstar was the one who sexily led the Motown Records tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards - so, naturally, people were upset about it. In an interview with Variety at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party on Saturday, Robinson defended the decision asserting that Motown's music is for everybody.
Jennfier however was having none of it, and after the show she said: 'The thing about music is that it inspires all. "A little bit! Like, you don't even have to come out here, you have the baby, how's the baby?'" she said.
Meanwhile, R&B/Motown enthusiasts are pissed that Lopez reportedly lip-synced over classic Motown tracks with Robinson. "Who's stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing something for Motown?".More news: One of Jennifer Aniston’s Exes Just Wished Her Happy Birthday On Instagram!
When J. Lo finally took the stage for her big Motown moment, the result was not great. Her breakthrough performance in 1997's Selena had us envisioning her winning Oscars rather than pop star adulation.
"This summer I decided I wanted to do something big for my birthday, since it's a big birthday", she shared.
Sorry. I'm not letting that Motown tribute go. He added, "Motown was music for everybody". Among those struggles were the Black woman being oversexualized and marginalized. "I think anyone who is upset is stupid", Robinson defiantly declared. From Eminem honoring gospel music to rap duo City Girls performing a Selena tribute, here were some of our favorite suggestions.
Jennifer Lopez has responded to the backlash she copped following her performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards yesterday. You don't have to take every job.