Jennifer Lopez Defends Her Controversial Grammys Performance

Alex Rodriguez at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018

Lopez jokes that she is going to regift the item and give it to her beau for Valentine's Day. "Parents were and still are turning their kids on to the music of Motown". While another commented: "Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute and when Janelle Monae is right there and I just don't understand the creative decision".

But that's fine, Lopez said post-performance, "It was for my mom".

Jennifer Lopez loves Chip and Joanna Gaines just as much as we do!

According to Entertainment Tonight, the announcement that Lopez would be leading the tribute to honor the record label's 60th anniversary invited arguments that the Bronx native was not the ideal selection to celebrate a record company consisting predominantly of Black artists.

But criticism aside, J. Lo had a very meaningful motivation behind her performance: her Motown super-fan mom, Guadalupe. Thanks to Berry Gordy, "Motown became a model of black capitalism, pride, and self-expression and a repository for some of the greatest talent ever assembled at one company..."

By the way, it's Black History Month.

The tour will also feature the "World of Dance Experience" featuring surprise dance guest performances by contestants from J.Lo's NBC dance show "World of Dance". Y'all couldn't phone in Ashanti? We know Beyoncé would've been impossible to get, but did anyone try? "Everybody", the 78-year-old singer told Variety. It's too bad none of that says Motown. Suggestions of having black performers like Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Tina Tuner or "practically anyone else" were lobbied to take Lopez's place. 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.

The diet certainly proved its worth at the 2019 GRAMMYs, where J.Lo slayed during the Motown tribute.

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