U.S. singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The record label was home to numerous music artists including Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. The room was literally full of Black artists that could have participated.
When queried about why Lopez was the right fit the performance, Robinson said simply Motown's music is universal. It was frightful, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented. Even before Lopez performed, many were critical of a non-black performer being given the opportunity to pay tribute to Motown.
Some online questioned why a black artist wasn't chosen instead of Lopez, but she did received support from Smokey Robinson, who joined her in a duet to perform "My Girl", a song he co-wrote. It was a Black- people and culture- label that promoted Black talent- people and culture- with class and dignity AND SOUL!
Lalah Hathaway's whole body and self was sitting in the audience during a soulless Motown tribute.
Despite Robinson's comments, an outpour of folks fired shots at Lopez's performance during the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, taking offense to just about every aspect of the tribute including Lopez's sparkled-covered costumes.
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The 78-year-old icon bluntly said, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset".
"The thing about music is that it inspires all", she said. But you know, I want to dedicate this performance to my mom because this is the music we listened to in our living room. But when the show announced that Jennifer Lopez would be included in the performance, people weren't quite sure what was going to go down.
'You gotta do what's in your heart'. "We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it's a dream come true". "You can't tell people what they can and can't do - what they should sing or not sing".
"There are SO many Motown artists who are alive and well, so why aren't these artists performing in the Motown tribute?" one viewer asked. At one point, he mouthed, "Wow".