Reports that Jennifer Lopez would perform the Grammys’ Motown tribute during Sunday’s show were met with confusion, anger and skepticism.
Not much changed after her performance.
Motown Records was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records in 1959, and incorporated as Motown Record Corp. in 1960.
The label is synonymous with black artists, signing such icons as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Although the Latina singer defended her decision to perform the bulk of Sunday night’s tribute, the choice rubbed many the wrong way, especially considering this is Black History Month.
But Lopez had supporters, too, most notably from Smokey Robinson, who performed with her during the tribute.
But, as The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri reported, “the 60th anniversary of Motown will receive a star-filled soiree a couple of days after the Grammy Awards.
“Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” will tape Feb. 12 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and air on CBS on April 21.
“The live concert will feature Atlanta’s Chloe x Halle, Ciara and Ne-Yo, as well as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Little Big Town, John Legend, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Brian and Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, Martha Reeves, Meghan Trainor, Valerie Simpson and Pentatonix.”
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