Jennifer Lopez To Perform Motown Tribute At Grammys
Jennifer Lopez is set to perform a Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards this weekend.
The performance was announced in a commercial for the event, which aired on CBS. Motown will be celebrated once again two days later when the Recording Academy hosts its Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration concert at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. The event will be filmed and later televised in April. The Grammys will air on CBS this Sunday. Alicia Keys is set to host.
However, many people have expressed confusion over JLo’s involvement in the Motown tribute.
Motown has long been seen as a symbol of Black excellence, elevating the careers of iconic artists like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye.
Lopez is Latina, and her parents are from Puerto Rico.
Some fans thought that it would be more appropriate for a Black artist to perform the tribute instead. Many of Motown’s most famous artists still perform. And some saw Lopez taking on this number during Black History Month as particularly problematic.