But what does it all mean?
The action-packed ceremony saw Michelle Obama take to the stage with Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga perform â€˜Shallowâ€™ sans Bradley Cooper. But it was Jennifer Lopezâ€™s performance that got the world talking â€“ and for all the wrong reasons.
The 49-year-old was chosen to perform at the Grammys as the headliner of the 60th anniversary tribute to Motown â€“ something that attracted a lot of criticism, even before the awards took place, due to her Latina background. In fact, a lot of online viewers were offended by her lead participation in the tribute, questioning why she was given the accolade above a black artist.
â€˜People who couldâ€™ve done the Motown tribute â€“ Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Tina Tuner, or practically anyone else,â€™ tweeted one viewer. Another posted: â€˜No shade, J-Lo is truly a great artist, but letâ€™s be real, this wasnâ€™t her performance to give. Plenty of other black artists could have been given this platform and moment and we need to acknowledge that.â€™
â€˜I donâ€™t think anyone who is intelligent is upset,â€™ her fellow Motown performer Smokey Robinson told Variety about her involvement. â€˜I think anyone who is upset is stupid. Motown was music for everybody. Everybody. Whoâ€™s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing something for Motown?â€™
After the Grammys performance alongside Smokey, Ne-Yo and Alicia Keys, the criticism continued, something that the J-Lo chose to ignore, saying of her performance to Entertainment Tonight:Â â€˜I could cry. Itâ€™s such a good moment. It was for my mom. Itâ€™s just a dream come true. Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself. I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us.
â€˜The thing about music is that it inspires all,â€™ she explained. â€˜Any type of music can inspire any type of artist. You canâ€™t tell people what to love. You canâ€™t tell people what they can and canâ€™t do, what they should sing or not sing. You gotta do whatâ€™s in your heart.â€™
When asked what she had to say to her critics, J-Lo replied classily, telling Entertainment Tonight: â€˜Iâ€™m just very humbled and honoured to be able to have sung those songs.â€™
Forever bowing down to you J-Lo.
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Source: Marie Claire UK