Jennifer Lopez responds to critics of Grammys Motown tribute
13 February, 2019, 21:01 | Author: Donna Miller
The Latino pop star's medley of Dancing In The Street, Mr Postman, and Tears Of A Clown during Black History Month in the USA caused much derision on social media. She also sported a sparkling bodysuit during "Money (That's What I Want)". But Ross had her own tribute and Smokey was just fine with Lopez doing the Grammy tribute, even going so far as calling the folks upset with it "stupid".
But criticism aside, J. Lo had a very meaningful motivation behind her performance: her Motown super-fan mom, Guadalupe.
When you think of today's artists who were influenced by Motown, Jennifer Lopez probably doesn't come to mind. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.
"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. Many questioned why The Academy of the Recording Arts didn't call on a legendary urban/R&B artist to represent the historic label. But the cultural magnitude of Motown is inextricably tied to the racial barriers it broke in the 1950s.
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She faced backlash on social media for her lead participation in a tribute recognizing a historic African-American record label.
When J. Lo finally took the stage for her big Motown moment, the result was not great. "After Motown, Black popular music would never again be dismissed as a minority taste..."
Lopez performed "Please Mr. Postman" while wearing a black ensemble with white feathers and accompanied by a group of dancers.
"Your Motown "tribute" should have had BLACK WOMEN in it". The singer recalled the entire story to Ellen Degeneres during an appearance on her daytime talk show on February 13. It's too bad none of that says Motown.
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