J.Lo’s Upcoming Motown Tribute At Grammys Garners Mixed Reactions
The 61st annual Grammy Awards are set for February 10 and there are still last-minute performance announcements being made. However, the most recent addition to the performance line-up has many people scratching their heads, as it was reported that Jennifer Lopez will be on board for a Motown tribute.
During this year’s Grammy telecast, there will be a special tribute commemorating the 60th anniversary of the iconic record label Motown, known for producing some of the most legendary musical acts in history, such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and The Temptations just to name a few.
Given the immeasurable contribution from the Detroit-based record label in the world of music, a tribute at the Grammy’s is well-deserved—but some feel that Jennifer Lopez is probably not the best person to be a part of it.
According to reports, Lopez has been tapped to be a performer during the Motown tribute and many music fans are puzzled to say the least.
Diana Ross, a fixture of Motown and one of its most prolific artists, will be given a special award at the Grammy’s this year, as well as performing. Some suggest that it would seem more appropriate to have her be a part of the tribute. Nevertheless, Lopez is somehow who show producers decided on.
Meanwhile, an all-star special commemorating Motown’s diamond anniversary, “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration,” will take place at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Feb. 12 and air April 21 on CBS. Performers have yet to be announced.
BELOW are some reactions on Twitter regarding Lopez’s involvement in the Motown tribute:
J. Lo???? Doing a MOTOWN tribute???? pic.twitter.com/pWYzoyyD2J
— Benton Tarantella (@dvrkangelkvi) February 5, 2019
J Lo just performed last year and killed it. I ain’t mad at her. But when we’re talking MOTOWN, and so many of the actual legends are aging and could not only use the coin but should receive their flowers while they’re here, this makes no sense.
— April (@ReignOfApril) February 5, 2019
So, you mean to tell me…with all the great soul singers existing today along with the great Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, and about 274 Temptations still with us amongst others, J. LO is the person the #GRAMMYs chose to do the #Motown tribute? pic.twitter.com/b1koFisGTV
— ? Lekeathia Hampton ? (@g0ldenhearted1) February 6, 2019
Who the hell authorized J Lo to perform a #Motown Tribute @ the 2019 Grammys? This woman is not a Soul singer! Her voice does not match those of the Motown legacy. They could’ve booked Normani, Brandy, Jennifer Hudson, Tamia, Latocha Scott, Kelly Rowland, Deborah Cox, Tamar, etc. pic.twitter.com/UkKQnlN9st
— ??????? ?????? s????? ? (@La_Bella_Amor) February 6, 2019
J.Lo cannot sing, she is a dancer who tries to sing. Why let her do the Motown tribute when there are others with actual range? Very disappointing. #GRAMMYs
— Stream Queen ? (@WarnTheWorld) February 5, 2019
J.Lo doing the MoTown tribute is stupid. AT LEAST choose a Latina with a great voice if you’re gonna insult the black community like that to begin with. #grammys
— tortillas&frijoles (@yo_soy_fiesta17) February 6, 2019
J.Lo built her career off of shoddy vocals, over-marketed sex appeal, and the cultural theft of Black women who are far more talented than she is, yet have not received the recognition they deserve. Having her do this Motown “tribute” is an insult.
— Annelisa J. Purdie ? ? ? (@RosyShepherdess) February 6, 2019
Damn I would rather have Sam Smith or Adele if we going to chose a non-Black person
But y’all chose J. LO to perform MOTOWN during BLACK HISTORY MONTH. https://t.co/4XONMmPlCa
— Kayla Reed (@iKaylaReed) February 5, 2019
What do you think about Jennifer Lopez doing a Motown tribute? Who would you have chosen to be a part of it?