Black Twitter is still simmering with rage over the Grammys Motown tribute featuring 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez incorporating her Las Vegas show into a Motown revue. Many believe The Academy of the Recording Arts could have found someone more suitable than "culture vulture" J-Lo to represent the historic label.

Lopez lip-synced over classic Motown tracks with Smokey Robinson (pictured above), Ne-Yo, and host Alicia Keys (pictured below left).

One irate Twitter user wrote: "Umm i could have thought of about a million other artist better for this performance other than @JLo."

While another user commented: "Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute and when Janelle Monae [sic] is right there and I just don't understand the creative decision."

After J-Lo's performance, someone at Motown updated the label's official Twitter account with a half-apology and a gentle reprimand to continue celebrating Motown's significant cultural relevance.

"REGARDLESS OF FEELINGS AND OPINIONS ABOUT THE #GRAMMYS TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE, CAN WE TAKE A MINUTE TO CELEBRATE THE HISTORY AND THE POWER OF #MOTOWN, ITS ARTISTS AND ITS MUSIC? #MotownDiditFirst".

Motown tweet

The Motown tweet has since been deleted.

Following the backlash, Lopez said she was thrilled at her performance. She insisted that it was a tribute to her mother - who used to play Motown hits when she was growing up.

"It was for my mom. I could cry. It's such a good moment. It's just a dream come true. Singing up there with Smokey Robinson, like, I gotta pinch myself. I grew up on all those songs and because my mom loved him so much she passed him on to us."

Culture vultures misappropriated Black music long before Lopez took the stage to deliver her Motown tribute performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Every year Black viewers abandon the Grammy Awards in droves as the Academy erases the 'Black' from Black music in favor of more popular mainstream artists such as Lopez, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, and Drake.


 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy, Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

  • Navybeans95

    Music transcends...Chuck Berry was a black man who sang country...dude from Hootie and the blowfish was black...Alabama Shakes lead singer is black, Beyonce performed on the county music awards for her country song...jlo wouldn't be my first choice but she obviously has a love for the time and the music...people are so closed minded...smh

  • LP

    You know good and damn well if a Black artist was denied the opportunity to do a tribute based on their skin color everybody would have a damn fit! Forget that she’s Puerto Rican, not Black and focus on the lack of her ability to perform a proper Motown tribute. Motown was an era of artists that could sing and because of that alone they should’ve chosen someone else.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Idc what no one says that performance was tasteless and disrespectful af. They spit on BHM in front of the world..Ugh

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    It was something she should have saved for LasVegas. I felt she cheapened it. I am glad she was motivated by the music and enjoyed it growing up. Barry Gordon worked hard to make sure that blacks had an opportunity to sing , dance, and record as well as take the stage ! They could have picked someone else for sure ! I don’t know why they didn’t ask Beyoncé for goodness sakes ! Was she too busy ? Anyway I love JLo just not for this.

  • Applebootay

    From the clips I just saw above, I'm glad I didn't watch one second of it. She sounds horrible... AND NO, she shouldn't have performed an ENTIRE tribute, ONE SONG MAYBE...but the whole damn thing....???? NO EPIC FAIL.

  • Applebootay

    There are hundreds that could have been a better choice...they trying drive sales to her LV stay....smh...

  • Applebootay

    I CONCUR...EPIC FAIL

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    I laughed when she started singing Tina Marie *chile* I knew twitter was gonna give her lip singing tail a beating...

  • Yoni7

    Alabama Shakes lead singer is black
    _______________
    Really???? That song Gemini (which is SOOOOOOOOO nice) looked to be performed (YouTube vids) by a white chick or male. IDK anymore.

  • Applebootay

    I could give a hundred reasons....starting with...she doesn't have "Motown" type talent to begin with...

  • Kanyade

    she's biracial. dad is black.

  • iWasteTime

    I didn't get the point of her being picked especially with Alicia, H.E.R, Janelle, Fantasia, Camilla and DIANA ROSS there ... smh
    I was confuddled ...

  • SJ

    Pretty much Black erasure. When it comes to Motown, I expect to hear soul. All I got from that performance was no.

    Jlo has a long history of using Black music and culture to prop herself up (cornrows and all), but THEN tweets “all lives matter” when shit gets real, when unarmed Black people are victims of state sanctioned murder.

  • Yoni7

    Got it. Thanks.

  • WhoKnew

    Well, I was ready to go all the way in because JLo is not a singer. Like Janet and Ciara, who are also not singers, JLo is a dancer. But the way you have explained it makes an excellent point.

  • Applebootay

    Beyonce performed ..........but did she do an ENTIRE COUNTRY TRIBUTE....matter of fact, name one BLACK person that has done an ENTIRE TRIBUTE to an WHITE artist on stage, at an award show....I'll wait....

  • Navybeans95

    Yes...love that group...and the song..

  • LYRICS

    It's 2019!! I read that there's a child suing his parents bc he didn't as to be brought into the world......EVERYTHING OFFENDS EVERYONE......

  • Topic Influencer

    "Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute and when Janelle Monae [sic] is right there and I just don't understand the creative decision." << with JANELLE sitting right there? How about BERRY was sitting HIS ass right there bc he showed up for his baby mama performance.

  • Phillybruh

    I mean her being latino has nothing to do with why she can't do it. But I suspect one of the reasons why she was asked to do it.

  • Applebootay

    Not really but Okay...

  • Navybeans95

    Barriers are meant to be broken ...otherwise we will never progress..

  • Applebootay

    Progress: does not equal to other races misappropriating our culture....

  • Soda

    I just watched some of JL's performance on YouTube and I don't see what the big fuss is about. Who else beside Beyonce would been able to sing while dancing? People outraged that she sang Square Biz must have forgotten Teena wasn't Black either.

  • Navybeans95

    Truth!..I don't like it, I also don't have time for it...

  • Navybeans95

    We must do better...that's all I got...

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile.... Her mother must of bootlegged Latin copies of motown records because her renditions just wasn't that Motown Sound. She should've done her research. Shame on JLO.

  • SpiceGirl

    Ohhhh so THIS is what I missed last night on tv (really would have loved to see Alicia Keys do her thang tho)....Oh well
    Just here for the comments.

  • Phillybruh

    I don't think people forgot Teena Marie wasn't black. But Teena was a singers singer.

  • Phillybruh

    This wasn't better. I know plenty of non-white singers who could do Motown.

  • Ni Ni

    I think i tuned in during the middle of her performance (on my break from watching Roots) and i was just confused. She did a lot of unnecessary talking in her sets & i couldn't understand what she said. It was vegas-like, not Motown.

    Still, i wasnt all up in arms about to have a heart attack just because she did a tribute.

    Someone tweeted that Berry Gordy looked confused as well, which he did.

  • Kimberly King

    J. Lo wants to be Beyoncé sooooooooooo bad ! And it’s obvious ! And this is coming from a Rihanna Stan.

  • Navybeans95

    I didn't say it wasn't...so do i

  • Applebootay

    PUHLEASE don't evah compare Teena Marie to JLO...Teena ethnic heritage was Portuguese, Italian, Irish, and American Indian...that's black enough for me....plus she was gifted from GOD...JLO is a DANCER...not a singer...

  • Kimocha

    So True!

  • Arii

    She did an amazing job. Loved her energy.

  • Renee Bee

    I refuse to press play to review the antics of this Salawag.

  • Topic Influencer

    name one BLACK person that has done an ENTIRE TRIBUTE to an WHITE artist on stage,
    ^^^^^^^
    Only one that comes close is Aretha's tribute to Carole King.... but she didnt do the whole thing.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Erasure is real. People who don't know or appreciate the history of Motown and what it meant to black artists and black music consumers are going to completely miss the point. I didn't watch the shyt because I knew going in that this was going to be a shyt show because she can't sing...and THAT's primarily what Motown artist were known for. Not sliding around on the floor and swinging hair...

  • Kanyade

    I disagree withcha on that wanting to be Beyonce thing...

  • Renee26

    I like Alicia's jumpsuit... Ion know what they put Michelle and GaGa in but I'm highly disappointed

  • Applebootay

    So delete your comment...LOL...I want an ENTIRE TRIBUTE....still waiting...

  • Coy little wink

    I just don't care for J Hoe but I truly feel they missed the mark in selecting her to do a tribute because the bish cannot sing. To me. Glad I missed it.

  • Topic Influencer

    there aint one

  • hottlanta

    We might b closed minded. Just bcas she opened her legs 2 a black man doesnt make her black. Cant wait for a black woman 2 do the life story of marilyn monroe n we will really see how open minded people are. They only do black folks like that. When white folks found out hootie was black that was thé end of thé group.

  • Kanyade

    has Darius Rucker tributed country music? let me hit up the Google

  • Applebootay

    and will NEVER BE ONE...but we constantly invited their azzes to the cookout.

  • Kimocha

    It really was a slap in the face to me!... Especially considering this IS Black History Month!... With her non-singing azz!... Smdh

  • Applebootay

    LOL

  • Topic Influencer

    Yes but not just him alone. Gregg Allman (Cher ex husband) last year

  • Navybeans95

    True...u see how they act when the little orphan Annie character was black...and and the little girl from hunger Games....it's not right, but that shouldn't stop us from moving on past it...

  • Kanyade

    ha! thanks. i was still perusing the google.

  • BingBangBoom

    Ummm JLO has been doing her OWN thing for a very long time.... JLO changed the game for women in her own way.

  • hottlanta

    When they showed barry gordy daughter on the front row talking on the ? as is someone called n said what thé hell is this was tooooo funny. Twitter was lit.

  • Applebootay

    THANK YOU! I didn't see this SHYT SHOW either...I like JLO...but not for Motown...I like JLO for being JLO...she should have declined...talmbout her momma use to play motown music....AND?

  • HotInCleveland

    A mess. ?

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I felt the same way, especially with Ms. Ross in the house!

  • Soda

    Where's the comparison?

  • HotInCleveland

    Can’t sing AT ALL!

  • Applebootay

    Smart...I did just one of the clips and <> **In my Drake Voice...

  • HotInCleveland

    I second this!

  • Evillene

    JLo was good. Her performance was high energy and a spectacle worthy of Motown. She didn't miss a step. Very impressive considering Auntie say she is a "50-year-old." Motown was music for the masses, made by black artists but specifically to crossover to non-black listeners. I think she brought starpower. If you can't get Beyonce, JLo is a good second choice.

    Now, of course, she was NOT singing and I don't think that was her voice. She was lip-synching to someone else's voice. Some session singer who CAN sing pre-recorded the vocal -- or JLo's own pre-recorded vocal was autotuned beyond recognition.

  • Applebootay

    Me too, I think its the other way around actually! I like JLO but this was NOT IT....

  • Topic Influencer

    I consider myself open minded. And I listen to EVERYTHING. BUT I never got over Christina doing the tribute to Whitney on BET Awards way back when, or as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE her, and she on my list of all time faves...I still aint get over Teena doing a Smokey tribute years ago. And she was his FELLOW Motown artist. AND she tore it a new one. But yeah.

  • Tinytoon

    Saw it on YouTube, straight up a Vegas show. Only difference was the songs, all the moves were the same.

  • Applebootay

    I think it was set up to drive tickets to her vegas show....somebody paid somebody for this...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The things we as black people give our energy to?
    *sigh*

  • Applebootay

    LOL...not bootleg latin copies......

  • Coy little wink

    Yea probably ASHANTI's vocals J Hoe is a fraudulent Hoe in the singing department

  • Candance

    I loved it!

  • Kanyade

    performance-wise JLO and Bey are incredibly influenced by performers of the past: Rita, Lola, Diana, Tina, etc. and because of that I feel it is too simple to conclude that JLO is mimicking Bey, here.

  • Renee Bee

    I'm reading the comments and cannot grasp why anyone is surprised of this epic failure. Smh.

  • Navybeans95

    If u open up a little more, the light will flood on in...these little flaws in people are never going away, but that shouldn't stop our progress ..we as black people have to be better, bigger, and smarter than them...nevermind the excuses or the shade...I'm not a singer but I apply this in everything in my life...I got black sons...

  • Topic Influencer

    She was a Motown artist tho. Teena

  • R in NYC

    No bueno....they missed a chance to truly turn it out with some quality sistahs who can actually sing.

  • LeeSeeCee

    I caught Jonelle's & H.E.R's performances and those ladies turned it 'F' out!! I'm looking at it from the perspective of the talented black women were really sharing their extremely creative & artistic performances and not performing tributes to others work. Tributes, in my opinion, are what you do when you don't have a fire single/album out or about to drop but still need the exposure that the performance generates. I like JLo. I've seen video of her performing a Motown medley at one of her concerts (Ne-Yo came out and sang with her). This wasn't something new for her to perform. She's not the best singer, but, the woman does perform a high energy show.
    I wonder if other folks turned down the opportunity to perform the tribute instead opting for wanting to showcase their own unique work.

  • Topic Influencer

    Teena was instrument heavy too. She played the slide guitar. The bass. And the piano and the drums.

  • Omandesert

    I didn’t watch it. Won’t look at a video clip of it. I knew it was shit when they announced it. Jenny from the block can’t sing! Such an insult to the real talent that created the Mowtown brand. Sad.

  • MsPam

    I’m guessing that you are talking about their outfits?! Yes I agree with you! JLo looked like the Latina version of John Wayne. ????

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • Applebootay

    In conclusion....Berry Gordy sold Motown years ago...has stakes but and it is clearly ran by the whytes...I can't imagine this was a Black person's decision....

  • Topic Influencer

    J.Lo just was not a good fit to me. Period. I just dont see how she embodies Motown. Which was a whole movement. A whole era. And I am not sure why they needed to be honored last night anyways? It is their anni? If they are going to honor them with a singer dancer...was Janet busy is my question? She actually HAS Motown ties. Ciara? Anyone?

  • Bossy704

    Christina Milian used to sing her songs back in the day.

  • Ni Ni

    Possibly, and like someone else said, TPTB want these Hispanics to take over now.

  • HotInCleveland

    She didn’t capture the spirit of Motown in any way, shape or form. Motown had power vocal soul singers and a classy look. That tramp was skididling around on stage in sequined lingerie without the ability to sing herself out of paperbag. Motown movements were smooth as water unlike that clunky salsa two step her and those dancers were doing.This was straight up disrespectful! This was an epic fail on the part of the Oscars.

  • Marlika

    This was trash! Trash ?Period!!

  • Bossy704

    It was nothing but a Vegas set. That's why it was out of place.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "Motown movements were smooth as water"
    Very precise. Classy.

  • Navybeans95

    Jlo would not be my choice...but I also don't care that she was..whoever makes these decisions slept good and did not think twice about finding a better option...that's why I don't want to argue or get mad about it...none of these folks are paying my mortgage...lol

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I don’t blame JLO, but this is one of those all-time lows!

    This tribute was utterly ridiculous, pure and simple pandering to the Latino market, by phasing out Black R&B singers!

    Then trying to mask it with Michele Obama, Alicia, Jada.

    Tori Kelly winning “Best Gospel”...she can sing, but did she, really, idk?

    Why isn’t ELLA MAI getting the machine blow-up and glam-glo editorial, features, crossover traction?

    Erasure!

  • Applebootay

    The consensus of the Rose Garden agrees that we should throw this whole post away with JLO's performance...

  • Bossy704

    At the end of the day Motown approved this and cashed the check so we are arguing over nothing. The set was unique and energetic. It was like broadway disco. I liked it. Was it traditional Motown? - not at all.

  • Renee26

    Yes I'm only here to view the fashion ? that hat and dress combo was tragic

  • Kimberly King

    Ummmm my ass. She did? Learn something new everyday. Because I could have sworn she stole songs from Ashanti, Chante Moore, etc.

  • Bossy704

    Tori Kelly has been white washed but she is a POC.

  • Guest414

    I actually like JLo she is entertaining yea they coulda woulda shoulda picked someone but didnt but dont negate the performance it was cool. It is what it is yawll will live.

  • Kimberly King

    I don't care. I was mainly referring to her stage attire. Waiting for Tonight, If You Had My Love, etc. were all my jams back in the day, but still.

  • Yoni7

    What did H.E.R sing?

  • BingBangBoom

    Alright Donna Summer.. This is the comment section. I don't think anyone is arguing.. But thanks for your comment we appreciate it.

  • BingBangBoom

    Lmao

  • Yoni7

    The things some black people give energy to.
    ____________
    ^^^^^^^ Fixed that for ya..

  • BingBangBoom

    Lol

  • Nathan Hastings

    So disrespectful on so many levels .

  • Gloria

    Race is not a factor to me! Singing capability is and J. LO just is not appropriate for a motown tribute!! Ya'll could've got Adele or JHUD! People who can sing!!

  • Kanyade

    I was referring to her performance AND stage attire, too, and none of it is uniquely Beyonce, to me. i disagree. you don't care. i'm exiting your comment. have a blessed day :)

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ?

  • xenaD

    Hold the phone! That was a tribute?!?? I enjoyed it last night (wine in hand) but today upon further investigation it was a tad bit VegasY and I didn’t realize it was a tribute.. damn

  • Coy little wink

    I've read it was Ashanti. But yea that's my point. She can't sing

  • Mielle Downey

    The Grammys are trash and should hang it up. Prince tribute was trash with old hag baby Jane madonna and then this jlo ish the just irks me. Why do these white people insist on trying to white wash our history. Speak up Aretha will be played by Adelle in her biopic.

  • hottlanta

    Waiting on a black man 2 play elvis.

  • WutizstillHERE!
  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I think that’s why I felt a way about j lo is not a vocalist the artists on Motown where vocalists!! Yea j lo can move and she look good but can she SANG? The answer is no.

  • Topic Influencer

    Whole thing.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • xenaD

    Speaking of roots.. I’ve been meaning to rewatch it since I turned 30! Maybe this weekend

  • Shenanigans1

    The mere fact that Lalah, Janelle, Fantasia, Yolanda, Hell even Andra were all in attendance last night and neither of them were asked to handle this performance—as if to say “hold on we got y’all your own show...just later”— says a lot. The fact that they kept advertising this pre recorded Aretha tribute as well as the Motown 60 tribute just wasn’t enough—bc they know full well that those tributes won’t get the same amount of views and recognition as this would have. Just mark missing all night! Being that the women I mentioned above were not only in attendance but some were even nominated was complete bull swanky. What better way to get even more exposure than to participate in this tribute?. Then they have the nerve to wonder why the big names pick and choose when they want to attend/perform at these award shows. I just read an article and saw that a lotttt of big artist declined to perform this year.

  • Kanyade
  • Shenanigans1

    It was wayyyy to Vegasy. My head was hurting watching it.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Oh please. First of all she never could sing, now her voice is getting worse with age. So what was that funny ass shaking she was doing. I only watched for a minute, but it was horrible.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    My ears were spared, I recorded but did not press play. These are not my Mama's Grammys the kind I enjoyed as a child. They chose the wrong J, Hud would of been more appropriate, Tasia Mae was there hell Pink, Ariana and Christina smh Jasmine Sullivan for goodness sake.

  • Yoni7

    Did you watch TWD? No. Me either. LOL Let them go about 3 mid-breaks ago. LOL

  • iWasteTime
  • Navybeans95

    We all kno these people are crazy...I just don't care enough...none of these folks are sending me a check..

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Ewwwwwww people actually liked this????

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Plzzz No more talk of Bey either, she’s worse. All while in plain sight. Fake pro black, Fake formation, Fake persona! #walkingdead https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e476b15e0690b534b6ce5414dfed49d213f5cf19bbb7a67d825412926262b6a4.jpg

  • MrsSpice1

    Wake up black ppl!!!! You still have a chance..keep fighting..its 2019 cmon now...first they give the first solo rap female Grammy to a dominican broad now they allowed a latina to pay tribute to a BLACK historic record label...and not tooo long ago Madonna was selected to pay tribute to Prince..of ALLLLL THE Black talented artist that are mocked and jocked ..see how bad they hate us but wanna be and imitate us!? ....stop supportin these majority white awards shows, designers etc..but, unfortunately thats all the industry is madr of... Now im NOOO fan of Nicki like that but, the industry made her and betrayed her like a fiddle i know she is butt hurt af she
    Wasnt nominated and LOST majorly to a broad that just came out with one album and isnt black ..see nick no matter how much u lighten ya skin ..went pop with ya rap u STILL R BLACK! Smh. They basically let Nicki know she was used..just like how they played Kim and soon cardi..but cardi got far quick..she could literally retire after all she has already won.

  • Nita Pie

    I agree with everyone that she should've been the one singing the tribute, but she have always been apart of our culture from jump as a fly girl. Jlo always been our Puerto Rican cousin.

  • Topic Influencer

    RIP to you Dennis

  • Shamari123
  • Malcom Flex

    Speaking for YOURSELF not ME

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It is real, “they” are trying to erase us. The movie “The Five Heartbeats” told the story, one of many!

    We created all of the music people enjoy (derived from blues, jazz, gospel, R&B) except for classical music!

    Motown was so unique, a rare gem. The bittersweet documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown, tells the story of its unique sound!

    Black people paid such a price to be artists (create music) then, and still today, sadly!

    Don’t even mention Motown producing BLACK films, on a level beyond the blaxploitation level!

  • Malcom Flex

    YUP. Who is WOKE and who is SLEEP?!

  • Soda

    Maybe they wanted someone to do more than just stand at the mic. Maybe they should have asked Bruno Mars.?

  • Nita Pie

    LMAO My bad. ( I felt that lol )

  • MrsSpice1

    No she hasnt!! Shes just another off black chick that has desperately tried to be down...and yall let her! ?..she is no cousin of mine. But u can have her! Sick of these culture vultures..??

  • Malcom Flex

    When was this taken?

  • Topic Influencer

    Puerto Rican cuz needs to wait til there is a Ronettes tribute to do then or a Menudo tribute. And I think Ronnie n nem are mixed black and white and only one was PR now that I think of it...and Ronnie could blow so not even the Ronettes. I dont know what her tribute lane is but I need her to get out of the Motown one.

  • HotInCleveland

    ?????

  • Topic Influencer

    Janelle <<< shoulda been her.

  • HotInCleveland

    She’s not my people.

  • Coy little wink

    Girl BYE

  • Vonn

    Her performance reminded me of Whoopie's Sister Act performance. The grammys should have hired Whoopie for this performance. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/77745980c6b24b76424e68f61ae03b3595238a779272b07e99b64872192d8f09.gif

  • BingBangBoom
  • Ni Ni

    On the weekend would be good, esp if you like to watch shows online. The series is just too long to watch on tv in one sitting.

  • Yoni7

    Is anybody watching some series on Netflix called 'You'?

  • HotInCleveland

    My people are telling me it’s very good. I made the mistake of watching “Abducted in plain sight”-it drove me to drinking.

  • Kimocha

    Wowwww!!

  • Shenanigans1

    “I will follow himmmmmmm wherever heeee May goooo!” “They got my cousin! They took my coat!!”

  • dru and neil

    Was this a serious comment?

  • HotInCleveland

    ?

  • Vonn

    ?

  • Coy little wink

    All of these...or even Adele she has soul

  • Nik

    Honestly, can someone explain to me what qualifies a person to be a culture vulture? I only ask because if it supports the thinking that non-blacks hi-jack our music and other aspects unique to us, does that apply to blacks who engage in art forms that are not specific to our culture (i.e. ballet, classical music, curling...lol)? Would they be considered culture vultures as well? This is a serious question.

  • xenaD

    There’s a series? I meant the movie with the guy from reading rainbow lol... the series any good?

  • Vonn

    I watched it, dude is a super creep. It originally aired on Lifetime. Can't wait for season two.

  • Reenaface

    Okay @Grammys holler at me when we can see black people doing a tribute to Menundo on the Telemundo network next.??

  • Nik

    I heard it was excellent. Will watch after I finish Queen of the South.

  • Nik

    I see your point here.

  • tia

    Is this real or photo shopped? Unfortunately, everything we see is really not what it appears to be. But hey, she may have slipped up with this fashion faux pas.

  • Topic Influencer

    Get us outta here.

  • Yoni7

    I still have to finish Wentworth. LOL

  • Yoni7

    I keep hearing that. Is it (based on) a true story?

  • CookieMobster

    Child.... I was screaming at the t.v. What the entire H3LL?????

  • Nik

    I haven't watched that yet but heard it's the business.

  • Yoni7

    I keep hearing about THAT too. Folks saying it was unbelievable.

  • Yoni7

    I keep hearing people were just utterly dismayed. LOL

  • Yoni7

    It IS! I just wish I could get around to finishing it. I'm "unplugged" about 92% now. LOL

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Gurl, you did not add Drake?!
    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Did you mention that this was worn PRE Formation in 2014 I think? People have a racial awakening at any time. She is not fake anything.

  • Yoni7

    LMAOOOOOOOOO

  • Nik

    ???

  • Jefferey Franklin
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I'm just finishing that now ... It was good ... now bout to start Talking dead .... I was streaming last night .... lololololol so I'm catching up on my shows now (DVR)

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yes, they always do this. ALWAYS.
    but, NOW, WITH BLM, THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Trust Me...they are going to give her a pass and claim everyone else is a hater...This has to be new because this craziness just started..and it doesn't matter when she wore it...she always claiming pro black.. But most of all she and Jay Z should have had more awareness,

  • Vonn

    It's based on a book. I don't think it's a true story.

  • dru and neil

    Black folks (men really) coming through, as per usual, on that bullsh— when it comes to non black women deserving a seat at one of our few tables. There are so many talented sistas they could have sang next to, to honor Motown and they choose JLo. Latinx communities close ranks when it comes to loyalty and protecting their culture. Black Americans need to stop this desperate sh— and do the same.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    They did a tribute to Dolly Parton & WHO DID THEY HAVE SING??!!

  • HotInCleveland

    New Post!

  • CookieMobster

    OMG I won't give it away, but it is the most ridiculous story you have ever heard. You will be left like WTF when you get done.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Soda

    Waiting for the "She looks cute, " "That's not blackface" comments that were in abundance for the Joy Behar post.

  • Yoni7

    Yeah, I lost interest or didn't have/make time anymore. I think the last one I remember was the gun battle between Rick and Neegan'nem and Eugene did something to the bullets. THAT'S IT! I ain't watched since. Didn't even watch THAT show.

  • HotInCleveland

    It really is! It’ll have you giving up on humanity.

  • HotInCleveland

    Like every 15 minutes some crazier information is revealed.

  • Nik

    That's the last episode I saw and I checked out. The storyline became too convoluted.

  • HotInCleveland

    I want it to be a Mockumentary so badly.

  • Yoni7

    So, it was a Jussie type story. LOL kidding, kidding!

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Lmao menudo!!! I love them til this day!!

  • dru and neil

    What a slap in the face it is to all these other talented singers they could have allowed to sing. JLo voice is a studio manufactured farce. She’s got the look, and that has gotten her to where she is, not that voice. Not even the acting either to be honest.

  • gail jones

    Damn! ???@ Aretha being played by Adele.

  • HotInCleveland

    Even worse! Don’t watch it unless you’re ready to ruin your day.

  • Topic Influencer

    I dont even like her Bey. But dragging her for something she wore FIVE years ago is a bit much dont you think? Hell if she gotta be dragged, drag on. But Im not sure why this is making the rounds again. Saw it over the weekend. It was well publicized when she wore it. She doesnt get a pass. Drag her. Shouldnt have wore it.

  • Nik

    They would have been in hot water using Bruno as he is always accused of appropriation.

  • Antigone Heart

    "In 1982 Teena Marie left Motown after a lawsuit and signed with Columbia Records - this also allowed her to set up her own publishing company. The lawsuit with Motown became known as The Brockert Initiative or the Teena Marie Law - which made it hard for a record label to keep an artist under contract without publishing any of their albums."

    The performance was a disgrace to Teena Marie and "Square Biz" is one of my favorite songs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0877d2386b0ab612fa3fa46b4f2347b759e012fa84f7b219b3ad75f5bf0d287.jpg ?

  • Yoni7

    I more or less got into because of a now ex. That was HIS show. Never really was my thing. BUT IT WAS GOOD! Not gone lie. But when you cleanse yourself of folks.......YOU CLEANSE yourself of THEIR ways as well. I think that played a part of it too. When I lost interest, I didn't TRY to force it.

  • Ryan

    JLo had no business up there, point blank. They might as well have had Taylor Swift up there.

  • Yoni7

    LMAO

  • Yoni7

    Ok. See I would probably read the book first and NEVER watch the series. LOL

  • Yoni7

    I plan to watch on my off day......NEXT WEEK.....maybe. LOL

  • Pamela
  • Topic Influencer

    I dont like culture vulture. Music is the language of the world. Still doesnt make it okay for J. Lo to do Motown to me. If Katy Perry would have been picked it woulda been wrong. If say Brandy would have been picked I woulda still said bad fit. everyone canna do Motown. They shoulda just maybe skipped a Motown tribute. hell they already had Diana ass and her breathy silly sounding vocals UP THERE. And she IS Motown.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Didn't watch, and guess what I don't care. Its more important things in the world then who performed some watered down performance of Motown Classics. People are legit mad........for what though. The world is deeper then that.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile.....!!!!! Still a fan lololololol!!!

  • Topic Influencer

    To be perfectly honest I wouldnt have been upset if Teena was SKIPPED during Motown and she is one of my as I said below FAVES. All her BIGGEST hits were under EPIC anyways. Motown was for us BY us. Like...Im not understanding how in the hell folks defending J. Lo as a choice.

  • the guest

    Mary J. Blige should have been selected to perform the Motown Tribute. But JLo was not confirmed for this without the approval of Motown Founder and Motown Legends.

    She did do the job she was hired for.

    Nevertheless, she should have respectfully declined. They never hire an African American female to perform Celia Cruz music and Celia is Black Cuban and sang songs about her blackness pride. And yes, black people are very capable of learning and speaking Spanish for a music performance or movie.

    I would have preferred a white Detroit artist like blues advocate Jack White to Jlo if what they were trying to do was do something out of the box.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Getting interesting to me ... I like metaphorical message with the show now people (who turn dark that act dead ruthless) are wearing dead skin now ..... in other words Dead live people are the threat ... same concept ... but shyt just got deeper ..... I miss Rick though .... and had some tears for Jesus .... so I'm still all in ...... Chile this and Game of thrones my shows .....

  • Topic Influencer

    Slap in the face. They keep getting it WRONG. Every damn year. Folks are tired. AND can btw focus on more than one atrocity against the black comm. at a TIME. The whole yall energy should go to XXX cause pisses me. Who the hell are you? The energy/what folks can be mad at police?

  • Nik

    I agree 100%. The rationale for not using J Lo is that she does not embody the Motown culture.

  • Ryan

    I get what you're saying but it is possible to be aware of many issues at the same time. This obviously is not on the same level as BLM but it's still pretty messed up.

  • DroneRivers

    THIS. Sums up my feelings on the "tribute".

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Simply put, a culture vulture is a parasite/leech. A person that uses a culture to benefit/profit without putting anything back into the culture. Someone that intentionally profits from another culture without having any genuine respect or understanding for or of that culture. For example, they will partake in the art, food, music, even have s.x with people from the other culture, but when it is time to provide any support, they are noticeably absent. For example, when BLM was at it's height, ole girl up top tweeted "All Lives Matter".

    Cultural appropriation is when individual of X culture takes the customs, arts, practices, images, etc of Y culture WITHOUT giving credit or acknowledging inspiration.

    Ballet, classical music, etc. (everything you mentioned) are rooted in African art forms. A better example would be if I decided to have an Asian inspired party and me and all of my homegirls dressed up as Geishas.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Thanks for that! At least J-Lo did add my favorite female singer Teena Marie's(whom I met at the BET Awards & privately) "Square Biz". They ALWAYS leave Teena out of ANY tributes. They act like she never existed. When she opened doors for a lot of white soul female singers and the first white artist to be signed to Motown.

    Teena also was one of the first if not the first females to produce,compose,write & arranged her own music. She was like a female Prince

  • the guest

    Telemundo doesn’t even like its own brown Latin people.

  • the guest

    Quiero Rock, Rock Qui Qui Qui, Quiero Rock... like it was just yesterday.

  • the guest

    Agreed. This is dialogue that needs to be had.

  • Ni Ni

    Yes, Roots was a miniseries. It aired over several nights or weeks when it first came out.

  • MJF

    I heard that was really good; I need to check it out, I just finished up Fyre Festival documentary which was a pretty good production

  • Topic Influencer

    People came out the woodworks when Teena died to dispute she was their first white artist. Some lady from the UK was. Kiki someone or another. Teena made the most impact. They do leave her off a lot but she left a bad taste in their mouth due to suing them and she wasnt there long. I would have rather they skipped her than to have J. Lo cover her song.

  • hottlanta

    Did u see richard pryor in roots.

  • Yoni7

    I did watch that. They said the one on Hulu was shorter and better tho'.

  • the guest

    Maybe if was billed A Latin Tribute To Motown it would have been viewed as successful.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Just stop watching it, lol, its not like you are required to watch the program, raising ya blood pressure of JLo, FOH with that nonsense. You can' choose to be mad at things that don't directly affect you life if you want.

  • MJF

    yeah my coworker told me that the Hulu one is better, and apparently the guy Billy did an interview in it so Ima def check it out! xo

  • Yoni7

    I saw a 2-second clip of the "different" walkers. And was like "I think I'm really done done now." LOL But Rick and Jesus? What done had happened? They gone?

  • DroneRivers

    People kill me with the "there are more important issues to focus on" comments. But yet they're saying it on a damn gossip site, lol! We can care about many things at once. Damn. I can even chew gum and walk down the street at the same time.

  • Soda

    Who are these white soul female singers you speak of? I may be interested in checking them out.

  • Nik

    I definitely see it as someone outside of a particular culture profiting from it but not respecting it. The problem is the term is used too loosely and people tend to apply it where it doesn't. I think it's okay to embrace aspects of another culture as long as there is respect for what it means (i.e. wearing of certain clothing, use of symbols, etc.).

  • hottlanta

    Funny how they got someone who said all lives matter 2 do a black tribute for a black man that generated generational wealth for his family.

  • Amilia A Lee

    They do this to us ALL the damn time and we have to accept it. This was MOTOWN! If one of us were up there with Dolly the sprites would have had a damn fit!

  • MsSapphire9800

    FORGET THE GRAMMYS...Why is Sherri Shepherd wearing that grandma dress...but I have to admit she add some spice to the show...Go Sherri!!!

  • Fire & Ice

    Black men STAY caping for non black women. Y'all can thank p sh*tty for culture vulture, jlo.

  • xenaD

    Going to check it out. Thanks

  • Guest414

    It was on lifetime last year it is based off a book

  • MoniquetheGeek

    she obviously has a love for the time and the music
    ___________________
    Just because you have a love for something doesn't mean you're the right choice to perform. I love Motown too, but you won't catch me on national television performing it with this voice of mine (I was blessed with the singing talent).

    This also isn't about transcending music. Everyone you mentioned has their OWN songs in those genres. If she comes out with a Motown-inspired song, alright. Do your thing J Lo. But she was paying tribute to existing songs that she doesn't have the vocal range to cover. That's my issue. Of all the musical talents in the industry, they choose one who's vocal range is super limited.

  • Fire & Ice

    When you don't protect your identity, this is what happens.

  • Ni Ni

    Not that i remember. I try to spot all the known actors. Which episode was he in?

  • Yoni7

    I have a Hulu account....I think. I'll probably pass tho'. Don't care about those folks festival. I was mad how they played the islanders tho'.

  • Guest414

    Let's not forget Jay Z wanting to trademark JayBo which clearly looks like and is a knock off of SamBo...this FOOL wants to sue people who use it. the FAKE BLACK CONSCIOUS people are the most annoying period!

  • Guest414

    Ok and your opinion doesn't shake mine that is the joy of of having your own mind.. peace!

  • MsSapphire9800

    Because most people are saying because she is PR...she is black. And debating people about not knowing their history....I know my history but JL did not want to be associated with blacks after her Diddy days..what has she ever done for our community.

  • Guest414

    Nah this is old...but still they always claimed to be conscious and wore it anyway

  • KcoolMuziq

    Motown actually left a bad taste in Teena’s mouth. They treated her HORRIBLY! First not even putting her picture on her first album cover. To make people think she was black. Which didn’t matter . Because she was ALWAYS accepted as a black artist in the black community . Then Motown purposely lowered her album sales to make it look like she wasn’t selling many records. When in actuality she was.
    Teena actually remained friends with Berry Gordy even appearing at some tributes to him. After she left Motown.So they patched up their differences.

  • Antigone Heart

    " Teena also was one of the first if not the first females to produce,compose,write & arranged her own music. She was like a female Prince." Exactly ?.

    Although I disagree with the Grammy Awards producers' decision to assign J-Lo the role of showcasing Lady T, I appreciate the spotlight she has been given.

    I hope this inspires true and more qualified Teena Marie tributes in the future.

  • Navybeans95

    I'm not knocking your thoughts at all...I'm only saying, why does it matter so much?...jlo accepted a check to perform ( even tho she can't sing a lick)...the people who made this decision lost no sleep, so why should I care...I don't understand why everyone is so mad about it...just do you and continue to be great ...I didn't even watch the Grammy's...but I can understand how the actual Motown singers that got looked over could be upset about it...that's all...

  • chaisun

    When you keep telling everyone they’re black and they’re invited to the cookout...when they have never spoken for your community or your issues...when they “all lives matters” you and your people. This is what happens when white Latinos feel entitled in their own delusional minds to represent your culture.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    *Jigga what..Jigga who?* Dude should just trademark Jiggaboo and be done with it already.

  • Topic Influencer

    Yeah I know she wasnt on the cover of WnP album and that is correct. Didnt want to say she was white. I also see the feeling as mutual far as her parting ways with them

  • Guest414

    lmao that actually made me laugh... Touche!

  • Guest414

    Your opinion does not shake mine...that is the joys of having your own mind. Peace!

  • KcoolMuziq

    Michael McDonald, Bobby Caldwell, Daryl Hall, Joss Stone,Robin Thicke,Lisa Stanfield ,Adele,Christina Aguilera etc. All wouldn’t exist without Teena.

  • MsSapphire9800

    This will always happen to Black people...because we accept everything and only get outrage when it hit us in the face....Look at Gucci and other designers that the Hip Hop coulture spend billions buying their clothing...they capitalize off us and when they don't need us anymore they do crazy bs...then we become outrage and want to boycott. The Grammys and other award show has never respected us but these same blacks would go to those awards and skip the Soul Train Awards.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    It goes beyond having respect for the particular item you are using/ benefiting from. For example, say you have a coworker that doesn't have a car and she needs help getting back and forth from work. You help her. She acknowledges that it's your car that brings her to work. However, she doesn't really like you, she doesn't share any of her resources with you (whether you need them or not), and she doesn't acknowledge you UNTIL she needs a ride. Are you ok with this relationship simply because she will acknowledge your vehicle as a mode of transportation? That's the point.

  • Guest414

    I remember Beyonce only did satelite shows for UNCF but be front and center for Grammys AMA's and MTV

  • MsSapphire9800

    We do not have to accept anything but blacks feel if you get that Grammy you have succeed...forget the Black Awards...those white awards is want they want.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    Yes

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    ?????? I agree bad acting and singing. I went to see that movie on my birthday and fell right on to ????

  • LP

    And if she would’ve politely declined then the argument would’ve been that she thinks she’s too good. Ain’t nobody turning down a check!

  • JazzyBossyJen

    What does 2014 have to do with being blk ALL her life and knowing one’s history in a country she tap dance for... Money and fame moves can be thirstier than a dry well, exactly where Bey fake self and ignorant coat should’ve been at the bottom of..The end. Smhlol

  • the guest

    Not just horribly. Abusive. Teena Marie was abused by Motown. Then they tried to destroy her and keep her from any future success. Motown broke her heart and spirit. I don’t think she ever recovered from Motown.

  • LP

    I was specifically addressing the comments about her not being Black. I already stated she lacked the talent.

  • Topic Influencer

    Joss Stone
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Joss got her some black IRONICALLY Motown associated peen (Beau Dozier) and wasnt right since then. Has since dropped off the face of the earth. I liked Joss. A LOT.

  • Nita Pie

    The step cousin your uncle hooked up with her moma and she always wanted to be down LOL.

  • LeeSeeCee

    She sang Hard Place.

  • the guest

    That was a different time. Now there is more understanding and more definitions of identity. Today, Teena wouldn’t be called a white artist. They would call her a Portuguese artist or of Portuguese heritage. But back then identity didn’t get fancy. If you weren’t black you were white.

  • LP

    News Flash (not really) the Grammy’s have always catered to a white audience. Your beef should be with Motown because they had to have a say I’m sure!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yep ..... Chile Rick gone ... and Jesus was killed ....

  • Soda

    That's your opinion. Same as someone saying if Rosa Parks hadn't refused to get up we'd still be forced to ride in the back of the bus. Just because a person is noted for doing something first doesn't mean another person wouldn't have done it eventually. Some of the artists you listed came before Teena. I wouldn't categorize Adele or Christina as Soul but I would Any Winehouse.

  • T Willis

    I can’t wait to see a dark skinned sista salsa her @$$ to a yt Latino tribute. Let’s see how much “inspiration” crossover they allow then

  • KcoolMuziq

    U forgot JERK Raphael Sadiq(whom I will NEVER buy another record or see him perform EVER again)He “supposedly” did her also.

  • T Willis

    Jlo was making moves before Diddy. She was going to be star regardless.

  • KcoolMuziq

    She did have some good success with Epic Records.At least they paid her what she was worth. She was FLAT BROKE at Motown. Still living in Inglewood during all those hits there.

  • Topic Influencer

    Never liked Charlie Ray Wiggins as a person but his ass is talented. Loved m some Tony, Toni Tone and Lucy Pearl. But he is a jerk.

  • KcoolMuziq

    ?

  • Yoni7

    REALLY? Gone where? And how and WHO killed Jesus?

  • T Willis

    JLO ain’t ever going to turn down a check ? EVER. JLO also doesn’t respect our culture in any capacity. The first “influence” she’s ever cited have been Latino. Yet all her performances and music is steeped in urban-black American culture. It’s just obvious who she reps, which is cool, but don’t lie and say you/your family has been inspired and influenced by Motown.

  • Soda

    Michael McDonald's voice hasn't changed from when he sang with The Doobie Brothers. Bobby Caldwell had one hit song. And Hall & Oates ruled the 70s charts. They were there before Teena. I have a list of Blue Eyed Soul. ?

  • Nik

    No, that wasn't my point. They should respect the culture along with what springs from it. I grew up in the Black Is Beautiful Era so by default I require we get our props.

  • BingBangBoom

    The Disco Queen!!!

  • Fire & Ice

    I know she was making moves before Diddy. However, she had no music or street credibility. Hooking up with Diddy, helped her music career to take off.

  • T Willis

    Culture appropriation is too vague of a term-which is probably why most ppl don’t respect it or adhere to its “provisions”. I’m short, *my* definition (which differs from most I’m sure lol) is when an ethnic culture has been branded with a negative connotation or image - or viewed in some derogatory fashion - on a global scale, only to be “co-opted” and rebranded by someone outside of that ethnic culture as “acceptable” or “desirable”, without acknowledging the negativity associated it with when performed/displayed by its own “cultural inhabitants”? Lol if that makes sense...

    Verses, if we were to oversimplify the meaning and say: appropriating a culture that doesn’t belong to you without showing respect -
    Which, in my opinion, is too vague of a explanation and everyone could be accused of - especially black people.
    How many times have we seen black ppl rocking robes/symbols/styles that are venerated in specific cultures and customs? Most black ppl don’t show respect - nor do they even have a basic understanding of where those styles and customs originate from.
    However, in JLO case, this was definitely cultural appropriation, and I HATE that term.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Eres tu Puertoricano?

  • Candie P

    Nice gowns... Beautiful Gowns

  • KcoolMuziq

    Hall & Oates actually ruled both the late 70’s & 80’s just like Lady Tee.

  • T Willis

    See, I think that’s an oversimplification (“music is the language of the people). You have to look at the origin of Motown - why it was created - who it was created for - and what having that company meant to black people during that specific era. No one is saying that JLO that can’t be inspired-just like no Latino can tell an American that they can’t be inspired by a Latino artist. The problem is, Motown was created because we - black people - were excluded from the (music) business aspect of the industry. We couldn’t make the type of music that we wanted without another yt entity co-signing that arrangement. Yt networks wouldn’t allow black performers to release music unless they had a specific sound and look etc., to have JLO (of all mf’ing people!) perform this tribute, knowing the history of the label and the scrutiny that their performers had to endure (for being black) is just upsetting on so many levels. This is so much deeper than being “influenced” or “inspired”.

    Part of being a black American is watching the very foundations that you (or your ppl) create, only to be excluded when that creation is presented on a global platform. This will always be the issue until we step up and change things.

  • T Willis

    That show is so dayum good omg!!!

  • GrapeCrush

    Amara La Negra ??

  • Soda

    I know H&O did. Teena had some good songs ( I have all her albums) but she didn't rule the charts.

  • T Willis

    I would prefer Bruno over JLO any cot damn day. Besides, Bruno exhibits real “inspiration” and “influence” in his music. At least if Bruno came with that “I’ve been influenced since childhood” it would have been believable because he shows it in his music. I won’t knock Hispanics or non-blacks for enjoying our music and wanting to pay homage. I wouldn’t have even cared if the montage consisted of non-black performers as long as it was evident that they were truly influenced. JLO was a joke selection lol IDGAF how you look at it

  • hottlanta

    Yep u see how they r treating her.

  • hottlanta

    Bevysmith has spoken. She said barry gordy would have never had black women on stage half naked n gyrating the way Jennifer Lopez was doing.

  • T Willis

    JLO came out (vocally) before Ashanti (mid 90s) and her style game was out of this world. Back then, nobody could touch JLO when it came to style/glamour and sex appeal. That much I will credit her, because she was on point style wise long before a Beyoncé or an Ashanti.

  • hottlanta

    No she wasnt.

  • T Willis

    JLO was doing that before Beyoncé. I believe Beyoncé was inspired by JLO and Britney Spears (both of whom were her biggest competitors in the late 90s-early 2000s). We just accepted Beyoncé’s version quicker cause she was black.

  • Vonn

    It is good though.

  • T Willis

    JLO did Selena, Out of Sight, &
    Anaconda by 1999, and she had more films that came out in the early 2000s. JLO didn’t need Diddy for sh*t, she was already gaining recognition for her acting and fashion. Even after she left Diddy, she continued to find success in music without him.

  • T Willis

    JLO did Selena, Out of Sight, &
    Anaconda by 1999, and she had more films that came out in the early 2000s. JLO didn’t need Diddy for sh*t, she was already gaining recognition for her acting and fashion. Even after she left Diddy, she continued to find success in music without him.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    They def had say in the creative direction! They part of the problem, somewhere down the line more than a lot of folks said it was a good look..

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    They def had say in the creative direction! They part of the problem, somewhere down the line more than a lot of folks said it was a good look..

  • Kimberly King

    “Back then.”

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    The gag is, they prolly asked Bey to do it first and she said "no" and Jlo was the "next best thing". But faux all of that, I just read Jlo is an "All lives matter" axx bish? #cancelled

  • Kimberly King

    No one told you to enter anyway. Glad you finally got the hint.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Here in Phoenix radio stations are reporting people are in an uproar because she isn’t black?

    No, has nothing to do with ethnicity Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Teena Marie...hell Jon B. Hall and Oates, Micheal Bolton, or Michael Mcdonald would of been a better fit. They have soul, Jennifer does not!!

    She is a great performer but singer she is not!

  • Shira Harding-James

    Chile I’m over here choking
    #Queen

  • KcoolMuziq

    I have ALL her albums also. ALL of Teena’s albums on Motown charted on the black charts & some on Epic Records including her crossover hit’ Lovergirl’. But she was only marketed as a black artist. Which is why she didn’t crossover like Hall & Oakes. Whom instantly crossed over to the pop charts for obvious reasons.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Chile

  • Shira Harding-James

    It’s cause she dated Diddy!
    Lol

  • SunSoy

    This has nothing to do with race. If Adele, Sam Smith, Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson done the tribute Black people would be fine with it.

  • SunSoy

    Beyonce does not have soul. JLo did a good job singing and performing.

  • Renita

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  • SunSoy

    Rare Earth was before Tina Marie.

  • Guest

    Where did you get Beyonce from?

  • Nik

    I'm no Bruno fan but he has the chops to pull off a tribute. And lol@cot dam.???

  • Applebootay

    I believe Gucci and the others are so tired of us (rappers, etc..)(cheapening (this is their opinion) wearing their brand that they never really expected us to afford and wear anyway...so now they are doing these things to get Us or them(celebrities/rappers, etc) (because I don't buy any of that shyt) to stop wearing their shyt...don't @ me either. This is my conspiracy theory.

  • Decked Out

    Black folk pay ATTENTION in the Musiq Industry.
    "THE Vanilla HOE Syndrome wit 'NO TALENT' is POWERFUL" as a MoFo
    They don't need TALENT that we can SEE.

  • Decked Out

    I think she is so-so. But hey she came when Black Men wanted a "Beige/White Chick" with AA women attributes. She's a JOKE.

  • Decked Out

    #zackly
    Folks need to just shhhhhhhh

  • MsSapphire9800

    Well the only one I would had been fine with is Joss Stone...Sam Smith forget it...I remember when he first came out he was not singing with any soul...anyway you may feel it not about race...but anything dealing with these award shows is about (hidden) racism.

  • Nik

    I understand the rationalebut like I mentioned previously, I think the culture vulture concept is often misapplied. I can't say definitely that cultural borrowing out of ignorance is something especially ascribed to black people, but I would say in some cases it is true. From my experience it has applied to how we express African culture in clothing and jewelry without understanding the spiritual/cultural significance. That is something I am especially careful with because it's heritage.

  • Guest

    They have a long way to go. Dark skin Latinos are not even on the Latin channels and it's 2019!

  • MsSapphire9800

    Yes...so they can go back to their classic design...no big Gs all over a jacket and pants...just a simple double GG logo and the same with others.

  • hottlanta

    Fashion really. That green dress put her in the spot light. All she did was look for a large azz snake in anaconda. Notice how u left out the televised weekly show in living colors by the black wayans brothers where she was a fly girl. Selena was a movie. Livinh colors came on every week.

  • SunSoy

    Motown did not start out as a Black label. Smokey and Barry Gordy wanted ALL races. The Black artists were more successful.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yeah, I thought she was! But, I see the industry as using Latina artists to eliminate Black Singers and Rappers.

    I don’t blame the chosen artists and hyper-promoted. I’ve listened to Tori Kelly on the movie Sing, countless times, love her vocals!

    Erasure!

  • Coffee1st

    Not even moved.
    That's just like getting mad at your crack head Uncle cuz he steal everytime he comes to the house.
    Hollywood uses, swindles then appropriates all things Black. That's what they do.

  • SunSoy

    Diana Ross was not a soul singer. JLo did a good job. Lets not start with the whole we need a white soul singer.

  • SunSoy

    Diana Ross was not the best singer. JLo was fine.

  • Soda

    I Need Your Lovin crossed over to the Pop charts. H&O didn't need to cross over to Pop, that's what they were. How would being marketed as a Black artist prevent an artist from crossing over? Who does that anyway?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    LMBO!!!!!

  • SunSoy

    Motown is not about race. Barry Gordy wanted all races on Motown.

  • Luvi

    sure did

  • KcoolMuziq

    It was harder & difficult for black artist to crossover in the 70’s & 80’s.

  • Soda

    But can any of them dance? Justin maybe, but he probably wouldn't have danced on a piano. ?

  • MsSapphire9800

    Yes...because when put that song out Ain't it Funny..it flop...then she came back with the remix with JaRule and her music career took off.

  • SunSoy

    When someone makes a broad generalizations such as " Black people this" shows how ignorant you are.

  • Nik

    Say it ain't so! I'm such a Saadiq fan.?

  • SunSoy

    Barry Gordy wanted all races on Motown. Motown is not a Black label.

  • KcoolMuziq

    It has nothing to do with his talent. He is truly a gifted man. But...............................?
    NEVER AGAIN

  • Soda

    ?

  • Nik

    I loooooved Johnny!

  • Let them eat cake

    amazing just stealing it all right in front of our faces and no one performing thats black seems to care.

  • SunSoy

    Joss Stone would of just stood at the microphone. JLO gave a complete performance. Beyonce is the most nominated female artist and she has over 22 Grammy's. How is that hidden racism?

  • Kanyade

    open comment section. anybody is free to participate. but you got it, chica. i'ma leave you and yours alone.

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Wrong choice for tribute to Motown.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    Ain't nobody thinking about Diana excluding her that company had singers. Jlo can't sing and white blue or green they could of picked someone who could sing.

  • SunSoy

    Someone mentioned Beyonce should of been asked and named a few soul singers which Beyonce is not.

  • SunSoy

    JLo was a fine choice she gave a complete performance. And JLo gave a tribute to Celia Cruz and she was great. She does not have to be the best singer in the world.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    We gon agree to disagree and that's fine, to me she was not.

  • Sushi

    And why don't I watch.........Ok then..

  • SunSoy

    For Black people to make the argument that JLO cannot sing we want someone who can sing for the tribute is meanspirited.

  • Yoni7

    I'm sure! I'll get around to it, one day. LOL

  • SunSoy

    To attack her vocal ability is meanspirited. JLO worked with what she had and did a good job.

  • Nik

    Wow! Well, I've had celebrity disappointment too. It happened with a certain tennis professional. I was trained by the same coach and she was in her early days. Made no difference to her. She was rrrrruuuuude!

  • Applebootay

    Yes, Adele, Sam Joss..Not Kelly...wewould be fine with ONE song not an ENTIRE damn tribute...no one black person should have done it either, they should have have an diverse group of talent for the entire tribute...not her azz!

  • HotInCleveland

    Point out where I mentioned race?

  • Sushi

    But to be honest she can perform, but, sing she is not known for her vocal ability. .

  • Topic Influencer

    I wholeheartedly agree. Mean. Bc Diana Ross cant sing, and was signed to Motown, was fukking the boss man, and is black.Still dont make Jenny a fit for this important gig.

  • bemetoo

    I seen it and I thought it was a cute performance but the fact That it’s Black history month and they are celebrating Motown 60 years and had a Puerto Rican performing some of Motown Greatest hits is absurd where are the black people the people with soul Motown soul

  • Shira Harding-James

    I didn’t attack her vocal ability.
    In earlier commentary I stated I enjoyed her performance and did a great job.
    Furthermore, my opinion was tactful and in good taste, good day!

  • Sojourner’s Truth

    Welcome to Amerika.

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Am I the last person to discover that Diana Ross's daughter Rhonda sounds "JUST" like her when she sings?

  • ?jessica?

    She didn't get good till the very end when she was in her element salsa dancing

  • Shira Harding-James

    No, lol
    But In all honesty what Motown artist did you know of that needed dance ability to qualify? Most of them stood in one spot and still commanded the stage off of presence and voice alone. ????? just my opinion though

  • PrettyMeka08

    Agree. When I first heard that JLo was doing the tribute I gave the Grammys major side eye.
    1) JLo doesn’t have the pipes, she can’t “sang”.
    2) JLo needed to put some clothes on & show some respect to Motown. She’s up there 1/2 naked gyrating like a stripper, The Supremes would never, The Marvettes would never!
    3) I only saw two black background dancers.
    4) The Grammys didn’t play with Dolly’s tribute, so why do that to Motown.

  • Shira Harding-James

    From Below

  • Shira Harding-James

    Who?

  • MsSapphire9800

    And while Beyonce was winning those awards she wasn't standing for her people...Teena Marie didn't dance she only bounce alittle...stood in place and played her guitar...Teena was a singer not an entertainer...but I am not here to discuss Mrs Carter.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I never said Beyoncé had soul never mentioned her name and yes JLO was awesome

  • MsSapphire9800

    Also there are many great singers who just stand and hold the mic...Gladys..Patti...Chaka Khan..Arethea...Whitney...list goes on...because real singers sing from their diaphragm and you definitely can't be doing all that jump and flying across stages.

  • dru and neil

    Ain’t it just funky as hell?? And yes, he put her on, she owes her whole damn job to him leaving his girl for her.

  • Eileen

    At some point didn't we allow this to happen. My cousin said it well...black folks can create it but they don't hold it! jewish folk hold it Asian Folk hold it , white folk damn sho hold it even muslim and middle easterns hold it but black folk we let it go too easy and that is with anything, hair care products, essence magazine, using too many LSLH models in videos when we should DEMAND like Flo-rida did using chocolate models. This Motown tribute closed the door on us, an article is out about young white girls wanting and getting butt injections lip fillers and ribs taken out for a small waist for the butt to look curvier! and our black men will be gullible enough to fall for their okie doke in other words I gotta white girl and she got a big a-- once agin when the men fail to lead this is what happens smh

  • Eileen

    I agree black folk once again spend millions of dollars on other people's sh-t but is Gucci hiring black folk in their companies are they offering scholarships to black youth hell to the no! Black people wake up. The whole world knows if ya want money go to the black community they dont care about legacy, transfer of wealth etc its all about th ebooty...smh

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Right! She entertains. Has no business being a judge on any singing show either ?

  • dru and neil

    I don’t understand how her name was even in the runnings to sing at all. SING? Represent R&B legacies? Makes zero sense. I agree with you about Teena being on fire but even she should not have had this honor bestowed. It’s like somebody just didn’t care at all.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Ooooweee??hold yo hand out u did NOT jus say that bout traci mama

  • dru and neil

    None of her movies are worth paying for. TV shows fine, but the big screen? She needs to hang that up

  • Stationarity

    They control the brand. They can just stop making the outfits with Gs all over them or there name on them.

  • dru and neil

    Exactly.

  • Satin Panther

    The girl is sooo over rated that it's sickeing but I would of rather Beyoncé a$$ do this tribute than J-Slow.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Or why not use vocal artist that are/were actually signed with Motown? Diana Ross was there, Boys II Men, Lionel Richie, Ron Isley? Not to mention her doing the Salsa took away from the celebration of black artists.

  • SunSoy

    To attack someone's vocal ability and tell them they are not good enough is meanspirited because they are not a so-called real singer. Music is for everyone.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    One thing for sure, I can not recall any of them doing the salsa.

  • SunSoy

    She has every right to perform the tribute. Music is for everyone.

  • SunSoy

    JLO deserved to perform this tribute. To say she is not good enough because of her vocal ability is Meanspirited. CBS is airing another Grammy tribute with diverse singers with diverse voices. I am proud of JLO she did a great job and she was chosen as the performer that night. No one should take that away from her.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Right lol

  • Applebootay

    JLO is not a singer, these are facts and I like JLO and never said she wasn't good enough...She isn't BLACK enough.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    He got shot up ....... and they thought he blew up but instead someone snatched him and flew off in a helicopter ..... Rick still alive .... but da fam think he dead ...... they time skipped so now Judith all buck bucking now growing .... and Michonnee had another baby (lil boy) I think he 3 ??? They don't know Rick still alive ..... The new enemy killed Jesus ...... peoople that wear walker skin ..... Got my boy ..... it was sad to him go ..... they had da fune last night chile .... poured out a little Liqour for my Homie Jesus ..... He gone ..... that hurt em ..... especially AAron ... those two got close ..... Michonne and Hilltop got beef too chile ....... her and Maggie had it out .... basically a lot has changed since Rick Vanished .... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1425c997ed3319b16098cad0d4bebaabde80cd22860d557863b4ff2c949aed9.gif

  • CaramelDrop

    ?

  • SunSoy

    Smokey Robinson and the Grammy who asked her to perform approves of JLo as a singer they actually know music and is ACTUALLY in the music industry not just sitting behind a keyboard thinking they are Clive Davis. Who are you to dictate who is a singer and who is not. If you don't think JLO is a singer address the music industry. Oh wait that is to much work for you.

  • T Willis

    Huh? Ok. Your hatred is clearly blinding you to logic ?. Selena came out in 1996-1997, Out of Sight came out in 1998. The green Versace dress was in 2000 ?. JLO was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Selena. JLO was receiving critical acclaim for her performance in Out of Sight. Anaconda was a big box office success. Here’s my point lol (again): Jennifer Lopez would have been a Star REGARDLESS OF DIDDY. If anyone gave JLO street cred it was Ja Rule. JLO was perceived as a singer because of her performance as Selena, added to the fact that she was a strong dancer/performer. Sh*t I don’t even care for the broad, and think she’s a basic vocalist, but what I’m not gonna do is deny her talent and charisma or blame black men for her success. JLO has the tools for success. ?????

  • T Willis

    And cmon, you mean to tell me that JLO became a fashion icon off of 1 dress from 20 years ago? Lol she stood out because of her style and charisma. And the fact that fashion has consistently been associated with JLO for the last 20 years, despite the endless rotation of men, is more than a hint and a half that it’s all her lol.

  • garrisonville

    who's idea was this? that's all i wanna know

  • HoneyHitchcock

    One more thing?? J-Lo gets zero points from me for her dancing. Most of her moves were just incorporated from her Vegas show.

  • hottlanta

    Name 1 peice of clothes that she wore that stood out b4 thé green dress. No one ever said l cant wait 2 c what jlo has on when an award show came on. She aint gave puffy rhat name back n she needs 2 send a thank u basket 2 the wayans brothers for helping her being seen on television each week. She always say she is jenni from the block 2 try 2 b cute but she never says she is jenni from the living colors show that was started by black folks for black folks.

  • MsSapphire9800

    So true and the people who are debating hard for her...probably can't tell you her last song without googling it...because after she did songs with LL and JaRule..I was over her.

  • Diane

    Exaclty, Adele or Celine Dion would have been worthy singers, but JLo just does not have the vocal ability.

  • Topic Influencer

    Diana cannot sing. Never could.

  • Raquel

    She was lip-synching for real cuz this b*tch can't sing a lick.

    Ever hear her in the studio with no music? STRAIGHT GARBAGE. She must suck a mean one.

  • MJF

    had client meetings all day but had to respond to this to say that the only person I felt bad for out of this entire ordeal was the lady who owned the restaurant and dipped into her savings to help these fools...smh

  • Satin Panther

    I agree! After I realize she only pro black with anything is if it benefits her and not for the unconditional love for the culture and her mother don't have issues with black folks but she don't want Jennifer with one I was through with this chic. The only thing she has going for her is the fact that I love her style, her fashion sense is syckkk and she's one of the best dressed celebs, I'll give her that!

  • Shira Harding-James

    Yes them too!!!
    I wish it was a medley of singers
    Christina Jennifer Hudson etc. anybody hell lol

  • Shira Harding-James

    See I haven’t seen her Vegas show yet, which I wouldn’t mind seeing. Now I’m gonna have to look on YouTube now...thanks lol

  • Fire & Ice

    You remember that!!! I remember an article in essence, referring to her as hurricane jlo.

  • LP

    And she still sounded bad!

  • Applebootay

    Oh I have ears sweetie ..JLO is an entertainer who can just barely carry a note across the street......no one refers to JLO as an vocalist...she is an ENTERTAINER, who dances, acts and barely sings... crawl back out of her azz already!

  • Applebootay

    LOL

  • Applebootay

    Diddy gave her street cred....that's it that's all...she had dated Wesley Snipes before Diddy from when they filmed that train movie....JLO was definitely on before Diddy.

  • dru and neil

    Yes, I sure do!

  • the guest

    Beautifully stated.

  • Ijoyoyo

    "would have", not "would of". Gosh.

  • Fire & Ice

    And then she dropped him like a bad habit, after that club shooting.

  • Logan Roberts

    J-Lo swear she's the Latino version of Beyonce. I was just shaking my head, she was tragic. The Grammys should've been renamed the Latin Grammys.

  • Star

    It was horrible shaking her azz Motown stood for class and talent African Americans when Diana Ross hit the stage that was Motown. Beauty, class and talent

  • Rhondalousey

    Dont forget the average white band.

  • Jennifer

    I mean this with the utmost sincerity. Who the f*ck is watching the Grammy's knowing MJ, Prince, and Whitney won't be there? Without them, I have absolutely NO interest. I see the people who matter live. Last year I saw Anita Baker, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian McKnight, The SOS Band, One Way, and more. I don't give a damn about the Grammys for the whole reason of this article. It's not for us.

  • ImReallyCaitlynNotMelania

    I watched Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War and Attack the Block instead of the boring a$$ Grammy.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87510ab14b9ce1b58c777ece1caaf595e88d03965706dbe3601fa03edaa9a110.gif

  • PrettyMeka08

    Nashville came through for Dolly’s tribute, as they should. Imagine if they had some hip hop artist do Dolly’s tribute, the backlash would have been swift.

  • dru and neil

    Oh welllllll...

  • EyeEmJai

    The main issue I have IS SHE CANNOT SING!!!...any song. That was horrible.

  • EyeEmJai

    Ever!

    But, to me, she sounds better than JLo.

  • Shira Harding-James

    ?

  • Lady_Elle

    Jlo was the wrong choice. I think I am DONE with the Grammy awards!

  • Peppermint Patty

    Haaaa! We ALLL kno but u not supposed to say it

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    Right

  • Applebum

    This lying hookah. You can see that she’s lying. Your mom used to play it in the house? Know damn well your mom was playing salsa music in the house.

    That performance pissed me off. Same routines. She does the same ish in every performance. Shaking and gyrating. They are really white washing everything. Do you think they’d allow a black person to pay tribute on one of their shows. This hookah used black people as come up and then moved on. She’s not for black live matters, she said all lives matter. And here she is.

  • Raquel

    Same thing with Cardi Babbage; who is her BIGGEST fan base?? Surely NOT Latina women! We accept anyone into our circle and this is the result.

    I'm pretty sure they aren't going to let Mary J Blige sing a Carrie Underwood song at the CMT award show. smh

  • Raquel

    Neither can Mary J Blige but we love her just the same.

  • JENNYJONES1

    HMM WHERE DO YOU THINK CARDI'S HERITAGE STARTED? A--F--R--I--C-A.....JUST B/C THEY SPEAK SPANISH DOESN'T MEAN THEY DIDN'T COME FROM AFRICA LIKE ALL THE REST OF US WHICH IS WHY AFRO. AMERICANS RUN TO THOSE DOMINICAN HAIR SALONS LIKE CRAZY. HAITIANS SPEAK FRENCH BUT NO ONE DOUBTS THEM BEING ORIGINALLY FROM AFRICA..........JENNY JONES!!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    CHILE TO COMPARE DIANA ROSS TO JLO IS SOME STRAIGHT BULLSHID!!! DIANA COULD SING (KILLED MAHOGANY) AND STILL CAN PLUS WAS ALWAYS SMART ENOUGH TO STAY IN HER ELEMENT NOT TRYING TO SING OTHER PEOPLE'S SONGS, JLO NEEDS TO TAKE NOTE. JLO IS LIKE CIARA, SHE ONLY SOUNDS GOOD(O'KAY) SINGING SONGS WRITTEN FOR HER VOICE AND SINGING ABILITY........JENNY JONES!!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    O'KAY 1ST THE 99% WHITE DRUMLINE AT THE SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW WITH BIG BOI NOW THE 99% WHITE FEMALE DANCERS DOING THE MOTOWN TRIBUTE AT THE GRAMMYS, REALLY?? GUESS ALL THE BLACK FEMALE DANCERS WERE GETTING READY FOR B.E.T. IN JUNE.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Yoni7

    THAT was who I was initially referring to as well. Then the man who had all the labor people working. Sh!t is sad, yo.

  • Yoni7

    WOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the update/clarification.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    No problem bew <3

  • onelove

    i'm read for Alicia to come out as a man! lol

  • onelove

    i remember whe beyonce went on CMT those people had a fit!!!!

  • Coffy

    She is horrible and I haven’t watched the Grammys in years, they are so boring and biased.

  • AListDiva29

    She's great to look at, but she's not a great singer in my book, but did anybody consider that they asked other people and they turned them down, and she might of been the only one willing to do it? I think Janet Jackson would of been a great fit, or even Bruno Mars because his style fits, so who knows?!

  • datATLboi

    who the hell salsa dances to Motown music LMAO

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Exactly.

  • kennedy220

    Why she gotta be lying though? My latina.grandmother played Motown when we were growing up until she went all church on us

  • Yashara Bat Orion

    Looking at these videos, she didn’t dance so great either.

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    Oh so you like all the very best huh? I was jamming to SOS all weekend at home.

  • Karen Brady

    She was lip-synching for real cuz this b*tch can't sing a lick.

  • TheCatLady

    Thanks for knowing the difference between race and ethnicity.