On Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jennifer Lopez nearly tore it all down with a "tribute" to Motown at the 61st Grammy Awards. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", the 49-year-old singer told Entertainment Tonight after her performance.
The Detroit-based record label, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, built the careers of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, and numerous other hitmakers, each with an inimitable sound that bears little similarity to that of Lopez's dance tracks and Latin pop music.
Before Jennifer revealed it all, she sat down with Ellen to talk all things parties. "Do you want me to tell you?" she asked.
Prior to the show, Smokey Robinson publicly lauded Lopez's appointment for the tribute, telling Variety, "Motown was music for everybody".
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But considering the barriers that black artists from the Motown era faced to get recognition, the choice seems especially thoughtless.
The superstar announced plans for her It's My Party tour in an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday.
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"This summer, I decided I wanted to do something big for my birthday since it is a big birthday", she said.
She went on to say that 'Honestly, I do not even know that Alex is listening to me half of the time, so I am talking to my friends and my sister over Christmas.
When queried about why Lopez was the right fit the performance, Robinson said simply Motown's music is universal. Among those struggles were the Black woman being oversexualized and marginalized. "Everybody... I think anyone who is upset is stupid". If not J Lo, who would you have liked to see take the stage?