"I remember I was doing my show in Vegas and I got to Vegas and I was exhausted and there was all these flowers and chocolates and a cake and everything and I was like, 'Who sent me all that?' I didn't know who it was kind of, because it was kind of new". "Mommy, this is for you because we used to dance around to this music", she told E! ahead of her performance. "Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", Lopez told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday, noting she grew up listening to Motown songs with her mom.
But as venerable as the 78-year-old legend is, Lopez's tribute was confusing - you know, on account of her not sounding remotely like a Motown singer, since she isn't one.
Others called out the obvious: why not get someone more closely associated with Motown to perform? "I'm just very humbled and honored to be able to have sung those songs".
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Many viewers at home took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the decision to have the 49-year-old Latina singer-actress perform a dedication to a predominantly black record label.
There will be a full Motown tribute show, titled "Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration", which will be taped Tuesday but air April 21 on CBS.
Some of the greatest artists of all time came out of Motown Records. There were hundred of Black performers who could have stood in her place and J. Lo should have been aware enough to understand that when the offer was extended to her. She slid into Gordy's own "Money (That's What I Want") and finished with the Contours' "Do You Love Me", even throwing in a tease of Jackson 5's "ABC". This was the definition of self determination.
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Lalah Hathaway's whole body and self was sitting in the audience during a soulless Motown tribute. Personally, I tried to give the performance a chance, but the truth is, I squinted through most of it, my shoulders tense, and my soul crying for Fantasia.
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