There isn’t a whole lot Jennifer Lopez can’t do, but according to social media users, there is one thing she shouldn’t do: lead the Motown tribute at the Grammy Awards. The label is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Following a report that the Latin pop sensation has been chosen to perform on Sunday, many are scratching their heads wondering why the Recording Academy didn’t pick a musician from the record company. Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Gladys Knight are just a few famed Motown artists, past and present, and given the fact February is Black History Month, it has felt to many like a snub that an African-American artist wasn’t tapped to lead the tribute.
Twitter lit up in response to the J.Lo news.
JLo doing a Motown Tribute is peak of a messed up Black History Month.
— malayjha. (@malaylayxo) February 5, 2019
Jennifer Lopez and Motown shouldn’t even be in the same sentence. I’m pissed off I even read it.
— pumi (@TLOPumi) February 5, 2019
— ☆ My World™ (@Mister_Reckless) February 5, 2019
Jennifer Lopez is Performing a Motown Tribute at the Grammys..
So Beyonce,Mary J Blidge, Jill Scott, Lala Hathaway, Brandy, Monica, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Fantasia, Janelle Monae, India Arie, SZA wasn’t available? https://t.co/VRGF0rNA9V
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 5, 2019
Jennifer Lopez can barely do a Jennifer Lopez tribute but yet…a Motown tribute seemed appropriate.
I truly hate everybody. https://t.co/ovlIAb2dFZ
— whitley gilbert. (@_jessycarenee) February 6, 2019
Dear #GRAMMYs Out of Anita, Beyonce, Lalah, India, Kelly Rowland, Latoya, Keyshia, Mary, Rihanna, Toni, Mariah, Monica, Brandy, Jill, Thee Diana, Faith, Patti, Gladys, Jennifer Hud, Jasmine Sullivan, Fantasia, Tamar, Kelly Price you get Jennifer Lopez to do Motown? Insulting. pic.twitter.com/Fs0xaN96lO
— Is Your Activism Inclusive? (@2speak_easy) February 6, 2019
Jennifer Lopez seriously has absolutely no business performing at the Motown Tribute for SO MANU REASONS. https://t.co/3LquoKff1A
— Brigette Lugo (@lalatinamerican) February 5, 2019
Let the Latin Grammy announce that Beyonce is doing a tribute to Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Selena etc. on the Latin Grammys and I want y’all to keep that same energy y’all have about Jennifer Lopez doing a Motown tribute.
— Shaunte (@JustShauny) February 5, 2019
Black History Month is in shambles right now. We should be celebrating our culture, but instead we’re entertaining BS.
And now Jennifer Lopez doing a MOTOWN Tribute?
— Wave God (@TeejSmoothDude) February 5, 2019
Grammys: Jennifer Lopez is going to do a Motown tribute
Literally every female soul singer: pic.twitter.com/Flr2JFrkdG
— The Honorable Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) February 5, 2019
Welcome to Black History Month where:
1. Adidas released an all white Black History Month shoe
2. Jussie Smollett has to prove he was attacked
3. 21 Savage is being detained by ICE
4. Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute at the Grammys
Anything we need to add?
— Keisha Ka’oir (@MikeishaDache) February 5, 2019
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment and Lopez has yet to address the report.
There is also a salute to Motown Records planned for after the Grammys, with a special being recorded on Feb. 12, according to Billboard. It will be similar to last year’s salute to Elton John, as well as previous events that have paid homage to Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. There are no details yet on which artists will be participating.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards airs on CBS Sunday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
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