February 14, 2019
J-Lo was arguably the star of this year’s Grammy Awards show, and once again she displayed her showmanship and fashion style in an unforgettable performance, wearing variations of the same outfit.
On February 10, the 61st annual Grammy Awards was celebrated, and the 49-year-old singer Jennifer Lopez used all her tricks to make sure that she was going to be the most talked about star of the night.
For this year, the Grammy organizers chose Lopez to lead a tribute to the legendary record label Motown, and she delivered an exciting performance in which she was joined by several stars.
The “Dinero” singer took the stage wearing a glittering halter bodysuit that generously showed her toned figure, and she combined it with different accessories during the medley.
Lopez wore two different pairs of shoes for the appearance. She had silver ankle high heel boots at a point and then switched to over-the-knee high black high heel boots.
During the tribute, the mother-of-two shared the stage with Alicia Keys, and Ne-Yo, and she had the great honor of performing alongside 78-year-old soul legend Smokey Robinson, a Motown original.
The label’s founder, Berry Gordy, was in the audience for the special occasion, and he was reportedly having a great time watching Lopez bringing back Motown’s biggest hits to a younger audience.
“Any type of music can inspire any type of artist… You can’t tell people what to love. You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do –what they should sing or not sing.”
Lopez was supported by many backup dancers, who added a Latino-inspired touch to the act with their dance moves.
Always knowing how to make an entrance, Lopez was a sight to behold since the moment she arrived at the venue alongside her beau Alex Rodríguez.
Advancing the crystal motive she was later seen on her bodysuit, Lopez opted to wear a Ralph & Russo white gown with a matching wide-brimmed top hat, both embellished with beautiful crystal patterns.
As usual, both Lopez and her 43-year-old boyfriend and biggest fan Alex Rodriguez shared sneak peeks of their looks as they headed to the annual celebration of American music.
Hairstylist Chris Appleton fixed Lopez hair in a long ponytail for her arrival, but she appeared onstage with her hair loose. Appleton also posted a video of the wonderful work he did on Lopez prior to the Awards show.
Rodriguez also caught some attention with his “flashy” pink suit, encouraged by his girlfriend’s status as a fashion trendsetter.
After the Motown-themed performance was over, Lopez took a moment to honor her mother, crediting her for teaching her about soul music and making her fall in love with it.
“We used to dance around to this music. I grew up with this music and me and my sisters, the three of us, we were, like, the backups. We were The Temptations and we just sing with her and I feel it’s a dream come true.”
-Jennifer Lopez, E! News, February 10, 2019.
Unfortunately, Lopez’s performance wasn’t free from controversy, for she became the target of criticism for the fact that she is not black, since Motown was conceived as label that championed African-American musicians.
“They really got JLo lip syncing Motown’s finest songs like there’s not 1000 black women with R&B vocals ready for this moment,” complained Twitter user Sylvia Obell.
Lopez doesn’t see anything wrong in her heading the tribute, and she defended her right to be inspired by different types of music.
“Any type of music can inspire any type of artist… You can’t tell people what to love. You can’t tell people what they can and can’t do –what they should sing or not sing,” she replied to the critics
Following the controversy, Smokey Robinson also spoke in defense of Lopez. “I don’t think anyone who is intelligent is upset. I think anyone who is upset is stupid,” he said.
“Motown was music for everybody. Everybody. Who’s stupid enough to protest Jennifer Lopez doing anything for Motown?” he told Variety.