But one performance stuck out for all the wrong reasons.
Jennifer Lopez stunned at the Grammys stage by headlining the night's tribute to Motown alongside famed Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Lopez dared to share the stage with one of its legends, Smokey Robinson, after performing a medley of Motown classics, starting with "Dancing in the Street" and moving on to "Please Mr. Postman".
- Mia Campbell (@piscesbaby3)I love JLO God Knows I do, but Jenny from the block should've said no to this. Motown was a black-owned record label that put out music by predominantly black artists like the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. Some especially took issue with the Recording Academy, which is responsible for producing the show, not using the many Black women vocalists in the industry to headline the tribute.
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Lopez agreed to do the performance with thoughts of her mother Lupe Rodriguez, who often played songs by Motown artists while she was growing up. "The thing about music is that it inspires all".
"Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. This and musicals", Lopez said. They argued the Grammys should've chosen an African American singer. "You gotta do what's in your heart", Lopez shared in her defense.
She added: "I grew up with this music and me and my sisters, the three of us, we were, like, the backups. I think anyone who is upset is stupid", Robinson defiantly declared.
The star also got some fervent support from Robinson, who told Variety ahead of the Grammys, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset. Parents were and still are turning their kids on to the music of Motown". When Ne-Yo came out to contribute a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star", the spirit of multiple black artists singing Motown hits nearly felt like a tribute -except with Lopez perched atop the white grand piano Ne-Yo was playing and diva-worthy fireworks exploding for the finale.