Friday, 22 February, 2019

We All Knew Jennifer Lopez Wasn't a Motown Singer, Right?

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Herman Weaver | 13 February, 2019, 19:02

Suggestions of having black performers like Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Tina Tuner or "practically anyone else" were lobbied to take Lopez's place.

Jennifer Lopez has defended her Motown performance at the Grammy Awards, after some people questioned why she'd been chosen for the tribute piece.

"I think anyone who is upset is stupid", he told Variety before the Grammy Awards ceremony. "I think anyone who is upset is stupid". Despite her best efforts to deliver her own renditions of classics like "Please Mr. Postman" and "Dancing in the Street," some viewers insisted she was lip-synching the entire set while others were annoyed by her over-the-top choreography that ended with her striking a pose on top of a piano".

"The thing about music is that it inspires all".

Those are just a few of the Motown legends who are, ahem, alive and could have been a part of the Grammys' 60th anniversary tribute to the label that launched them and many other black artists into stardom.

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Robinson elaborated, "Motown was music for everybody".

Lopez also argued that she was worthy of leading the performance, telling Entertainment Tonight that "you can't tell people what to love".

Addressing the criticism, Jennifer added: "The thing about music is that it inspires all". "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us".

'You gotta do what's in your heart'. But you know, I want to dedicate this performance to my mom because this is the music we listened to in our living room. "We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true". They were then joined by host Alicia Keys who helped her sing "Papa Was A Rolling Stone".

So sure, since Lopez's mother was a big fan of Motown, it must be incredibly appropriate for her, a pop singer outside of the genre, to pay tribute to the genre's history alongside one of its greatest legends.

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