Jennifer Lopez Grammys Motown Tribute: Twitter is Furious

By Anonymous

Twitter had very strong opinions about the Grammys unexpected choice of Jennifer Lopez to headline their tribute to Motown, a famously black label featuring black artists. Most of those opinions are not great.

It was an unusual choice not just because Lopez is not a black artist, but because her style and sound as a musician are absolutely nothing like anything that came out of Motown. The house that Barry Gordy built was home to soul, jazz and r&b, while J.Lo is a Latin-infused pop star.

She even brought high-energy salsa to her performance, leading many on social media to feel like this tribute missed the mark completely. It seemed to some that it was more about celebrating J.Lo than anything Motown represented.

As further evidence of that, J.Lo stripped down to a sequined leotard. It may be one of her signature looks, but there are no Motown artists that would have ever worn anything like that. The tribute was to celebrate a specific era of music and a specific style and presentation, and Lopez just didn't represent any of that.

Beyond that, there was a far bigger and simpler question that Twitter users were asking. Why did they not choose a black artist to celebrate this famously black label that was so important and influential in helping African-American artists break into the mainstream.

What Motown did for black artists was monumental and groundbreaking, and laid the foundation for so many that have come since. And there are so many amazing black artists out there today that could have killed a Motown tribute performance. Ne-Yo was there, but only briefly.

There are also plenty of actual, original Motown artists still active and killing the game. Smokey Robinson again got just a few moments, while J.Lo carried the bulk of the performance.

If all of that wasn't bothersome enough for many Twitter users -- and it was -- many of them felt that Lopez was lip-syncing through this performance, so not only did they see it as an inappropriate and tone-deaf tribute to what Motown represented, it wasn't even a live tribute.

Below are some of Twitter's most heated reactions:

Wait I wasn’t watching - Jeff Bezos did the Motown tribute?

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 11, 2019

Sorry. I’m not letting that Motown tribute go. It was horrible, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented. It was a Black— people and culture— label that promoted Black talent— people and culture— with class and dignity AND SOUL!!!! #grammys

— Demetria L. Lucas (@demetriallucas) February 11, 2019

Not one moment of that Motown tribute felt like Motown. Not a single moment. That felt like a J-Lo ass celebration. No no NO

— Nichole Gray (@KnickGray) February 11, 2019

Sorry. I’m not letting that Motown tribute go. It was horrible, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented. It was a Black— people and culture— label that promoted Black talent— people and culture— with class and dignity AND SOUL!!!! #grammys

— Demetria L. Lucas (@demetriallucas) February 11, 2019

Michelle Obama could’ve stuck around and done the Motown tribute if it was that dire

— Ira (@ira) February 11, 2019

The irony of the very sexy J.Lo Motown revue is that Berry Gordy had the women of Motown tame their sexy so as to not fall into the Jezebel, highly sexed trope which White America places black women in! So they could have NEVER given a performance like that, ladies at all times!

— bevysmith (@bevysmith) February 11, 2019

“Hello, Grammys? Why is JLo doing a MoTown tribute?“

— Ginella Massa (@Ginella_M) February 11, 2019

J-Lo is to Motown as Donald Trump is to being decent human being. #GRAMMYs

— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) February 11, 2019

I like J.Lo and all but....
How you gonna do Motown like that in black history month????#GRAMMYs

— Ash Ketchum (@3xcalib3r) February 11, 2019

The entire twitter after that #JLO tribute to #MOTOWN

— The Extraordinary Xilla (@BlogXilla) February 11, 2019

People who could've done the Motown tribute:
-Gladys Knight
-Stevie Wonder
-Patti Labelle
-Jennifer Hudson
-Tina Turner
Or practically anyone else #GRAMMYs

— Jared Sawyer Jr. (@JaredSawyerJr) February 11, 2019

What type of non-Black Motown was that?

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) February 11, 2019

They really got JLo lip syncing Motown’s finest songs like there’s not 1000 black women with R&B vocals ready for this moment #GRAMMMYs

— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) February 11, 2019

When J-lo turned her Motown tribute to her Vegas residency #GRAMMYs

— Rockstar energy (@Shawnathan__) February 11, 2019

Guys. Motown was BLACK people, singing BLACK songs. I just...

— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) February 11, 2019

I am absolutely baffled. How does J Lo, pop dance queen get tapped to lead a Motown tribute when black women exist?

— roxane gay (@rgay) February 11, 2019

The Motown Tribute is happening. #GRAMMYs

— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) February 11, 2019

Me watching JLo mangle all these Motown hits

— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) February 11, 2019

How can we Gentrify Motown ? 🤔


— Ave (@SebastianAvenue) February 11, 2019

I’ll never understand why they didn’t choose someone Black for a MOTOWN tribute. #Grammys

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 11, 2019

There have been better Motown tributes at summer cookouts when the Henny hit our aunties and uncles just right.

— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) February 11, 2019

Why is she Salsa-ing during the MOTOWN tribute? #GRAMMYs

— 🤷🏾‍♂️ (@String_Bean_15) February 11, 2019

The #GRAMMYs hello... Hi... What the heck was that?!? That was all about Jlo and that performance was about her dancing. That was NOT about Motown at all.
Neyo as a Motown artist didn't even get his shine and fair time!
This was wack tribute 🙄🙄

— Natalie Nadeen (@natalienadeen) February 11, 2019

Motown was an historically black label and the bulk of that Motown tribute was by Jennifer Lopez #GRAMMYs

I can't...

— _MorganR_ (@_MorganR_) February 11, 2019

Bruh. Nothing about that performance screamed Motown. WHO HIRED HER????? #Grammys

— Christina Watkins (@CWatkinsWDSU) February 11, 2019

This tribute feels like the Motown cover band at your white coworkers' wedding.

When they had to get the third best in town.

— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 11, 2019

#GRAMMYs Who’s bright idea was it to have JLo perform a Motown Tribute?! I just wanna know!

— Napturally_Breezy (@napturally17) February 11, 2019

Still don’t understand what business Jennifer Lopez has performing a Motown tribute 🤔🤔🤔

— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) February 11, 2019

I'm confused as to why JLO is doing this Motown tribute but I guess it could be worse. #GRAMMYs

— Afia (@afiaonfiyah) February 11, 2019

Jennifer Lopez is doing a Motown tribute during Black History Month. Whose bright idea was this??😂😶 #GRAMMYs

— Kofi (@NickVsKofi) February 11, 2019

I’m confused if the person who picked Jlo to do this knows the history of Motown?!

— Alexis Frazier (@AlexisFrazierTV) February 11, 2019

aight everything was going good, but i just need to know what producer decided to book j-lo to lead the MOTOWN tribute #GRAMMYs

— Seth Nieman (@seth_nieman) February 11, 2019

JLo doing the Motown tribute #GRAMMYs

— Gabrielle Carey (@Gabi_Carey) February 11, 2019

J-Lo shouldn’t have been the one to do that MoTown tribute. Ne-Yo should have done more. I’m very salty about that whole performance. They remixed it with salsa like MoTown wasn’t Doo-wop, Soul, Funk, R&B, and alittle pop. If anyone, Janelle should have done it. #GRAMMYs

— Prince (@NPGNelson) February 11, 2019

Why are we watching jlo lip sync through a Motown tribute when Beyoncé exists?

— tiatequila (@tia_tequila420) February 11, 2019

There are so many talented young and old black singers, not to mention living Motown members, that could’ve done this performance. #GRAMMYs

— ✨ in ya life (@MidwestPisces) February 11, 2019

JLO WAS DOING SALSA WITH MOTOWN MUSIC! If you don’t see the issue, you apart of the problem. Idc idc idc #Grammys

— Back to B... (@KingLee702) February 11, 2019

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