Stevie Surprise. Lionel Richie. Gladys Knight.
These are simply a few of the Motown legends who’re, ahem, alive and will have been a a part of the Grammys’ 60th anniversary tribute to the label that launched them and plenty of different black artists into stardom.
However as a substitute, we acquired Jenny from the Block.
Sure, Jennifer Lopez was chosen because the perfomer to salute the label with a medley that embrace Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing within the Streets,” the Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman,” the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and even Teena Marie’s “Sq. Biz.”
Did the producers mistake this for a Selena tribute?
J.Lo has completely zero connection to Motown. And whereas she is a fierce dancer and all-around showwoman, she’s by no means been recognized for her singing chops.
Sure, Alicia Keys — who Lopez by accident hit within the head together with her mic — Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo (now a Motown exec) stepped in to assist, however this was, surprisingly, the J.Lo present.
We might have a lot most well-liked to have Diana Ross — honored earlier within the night — do some extra Supremes oldies as a substitute.
In the long run, this was a Motown tribute solely Alex Rodriguez might love.