Jennifer Lopez Is Going On Tour To Celebrate Her 50th Birthday

Jennifer Lopez Is Going On Tour To Celebrate Her 50th Birthday

She slid into Gordy's own "Money (That's What I Want") and finished with the Contours' "Do You Love Me", even throwing in a tease of Jackson 5's "ABC".

However, any Motown fans were not pleased and wondered why the Academy would honour the legendary record label with Lopez instead of a black artist, particularly during Black History Month. The "Motown Sound" was pivotal on shaping the pop music landscape of today, not only giving African American singers a path to stardom but singers from all backgrounds.

One commenter on Twitter complained, "Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute and when Janelle Monae is right there and I just don't understand the creative decision".

However, despite the backlash in the Twittersphere, Lopez received real-life support from one of Motown's most iconic figures, Smokey Robinson.

Little did Lopez know that Rodriguez was listening and would surprise her with a FaceTime call with Gaines for their anniversary, according to USA Today. Admonishing people to "stop hating", he said the critics should "get your perspective together and think about the hate you're spreading". However, if you ask a mid-60's black dude from Detroit, they may not agree, and that seems to be the general consensus on Twitter.

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Then, recently, she brought Bradley Cooper onto the stage to sing the song with her when he came to see her performance. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for " Here You Come Again ", later joined by Parton herself.

Immediately after her performance, Lopez told Entertainment Tonight that she never set out to cause offence - she simply wanted to do the performance for her mother, Guadalupe. "I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us". "After Motown, Black popular music would never again be dismissed as a minority taste..." As The Root pointed out, "Kelly Price was busy?"

Jennifer Lopez has revealed she will be celebrating her 50th birthday by going on tour. It's too bad none of that says Motown. She then briefly teamed up with Alicia Keys on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and sang "Another Star" with Ne-Yo, who played the piano.

But considering the barriers that black artists from the Motown era faced to get recognition, the choice seems especially thoughtless.

Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker.

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