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July 21, 2019

No one can figure out why Jennifer Lopez did a Motown tribute at the Grammys

February 11, 2019
Jennifer Lopez performed a tribute to Motown at the Grammys Sunday night. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Jenny from the block certainly wasn’t from Detroit.

Jennifer Lopez danced her way through a bizarre tribute to Motown Records at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, honoring the 60th anniversary of the label that brought sensations like the Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Tempations into the spotlight.


While the medley of songs including “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing in the Street” and “My Girl” was a dance-filled spectacle to behold, Lopez’s very involvement in the celebration of Motown left almost everyone confused.

Host Alicia Keys also stepped in for “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and Ne-Yo joined in on “Another Star.”

The performance was supposed to serve as a precursor to the real Motown tribute, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Cedric the Entertainer, on Tuesday.

Boyz II Men, Chloe x Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian and Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, Ne-Yo, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor and Stevie Wonder are all set to perform.

Ahead of the show, Robinson even had to step in and defend the singer.

“I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset. I think anyone who is upset is stupid,” he told Variety Saturday.

“Motown was music for everybody. Everybody.’

But everybody certainly wasn’t pleased.

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