Puerto Rican pop icon Jennifer Lopez is performing a tribute to Motown Records... yup, you heard correctly. The Bronx native is set to take the stage in honor of its 60th anniversary. A commercial announcing the performance reportedly aired this past Monday (Feb. 4) and the news first went viral via Rap-Up. Despite J.Lo being a two-time Grammy-nominated performer and the inspiration behind Google Images, she's far from the first person to come to mind when you think of Berry Gordy's Motown, the home of the Jacksons, the Temptations, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the list goes on.
The part that has many perplexed is that many of Motown’s biggest legends — Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight — are still alive and actively performing. Not to mention, there are plenty of Black artists with far more soul than J.Lo possesses who are a much better fit for this tribute.
“Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” will be taped live this upcoming Tuesday (Feb. 12) in Los Angeles and will air April 21. It will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson. Boyz II Men, Tori Kelly, Chloe x Halle, Ciara, Fantasia, John Legend are just a few set to bless the stage.
We're glad the Recording Academy realized this tribute isn't for Jennifer. It's the equivalent of Ashanti singing Selena's "Dreaming of You." Peep the full announcement below.
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