Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Jennifer Lopez Was ‘A Complete Diva’ Before Grammys Motown Performance

From left Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammys From left Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 2019 Grammys E! Jon Kopaloff Getty
Lora Ball | 13 February, 2019, 19:00

Robinson agreed with Lopez and stood by Grammy organisers who selected the Latina star to perform, calling the backlash "stupid".

Last night's Grammy Awards broadcast featured memorable performances from the likes of Janelle Monáe, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, and many more. When Ne-Yo came out to contribute a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star", the spirit of multiple black artists singing Motown hits nearly felt like a tribute -except with Lopez perched atop the white grand piano Ne-Yo was playing and diva-worthy fireworks exploding for the finale.

Though Robinson noted that Lopez has credibility "growing up in her Hispanic neighborhood", he said debating whether or not she's even qualified to sing Motown music is missing the point of Motown music. Thanks to Berry Gordy, "Motown became a model of black capitalism, pride, and self-expression and a repository for some of the greatest talent ever assembled at one company..." Motown was a black-owned record label that put out music by predominantly black artists like the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. Alongside Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, J.Lo performed a medley of hits from the label's heyday at the Staples Center.

Check out more reactions below to JLo's Motown tribute at the Grammys.

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"And I guess since you feel that way about an artist of another ethnicity doing a tribute to Motown, you must have hated Tina Marie, Rare Earth and some of our other white artists", he said. "The thing about music is that it inspires all". "You can't tell people what to love. You gotta do what's in your heart". My birthday is in July so this summer I decided I want to do something big for my birthday, since it is a big birthday, ' she said.

"I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset", he told the outlet. "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs". However, if you ask a mid-60's black dude from Detroit, they may not agree, and that seems to be the general consensus on Twitter.

So, fortunately for Lopez, no matter what people say, she'll always have her no. 1 fan at her side.

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