Jennifer Lopez Announces ‘It’s My Party

Jennifer Lopez Grammys 2019

WITH so much black talent looking on, Jennifer Lopez wasn't the obvious choice to do a Grammys' Motown tribute... and fans let her know it.

Yes, Alicia Keys - who Lopez accidentally hit in the head with her mic - Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo (now a Motown exec) stepped in to help, but this was, strangely, the J.Lo show.

But here's the thing: the objective of the tribute was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Berry Gordy's label, with the man himself, now 89 years old, in attendance (and yes, he gave Lopez thundering applause with the rest of the theater). Smokey Robinson, who joined Lopez on stage Sunday, defended her during a pre-Grammy gala on Saturday.

"Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", she said. "Do you want me to tell you?" she asked. The 49-year-old singer stopped by the The Ellen Degeneres Show and revealed juicy details of her and Alex's relationship, including their favorite body parts and what they wear to bed.

Robinson even had a message to critics about Lopez' doing the Motown tribute, saying anyone "upset" about it "is stupid", according to Variety.

The 78-year-old icon bluntly said, "I don't think anyone who is intelligent is upset".

'It's just a small amount of shows, but we'll be out all through June and July, I think, ' Jennifer said.

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.

Lopez shared that the show's producers, in addition to Motown founder Berry Gordy, were "thrilled" that she was involved in the tribute. Though she has been performing regularly in Las Vegas with her "All I Have" residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, this will be her first tour since 2012.

"J. Lo better not salsa her way to the cookout because she is uninvited for that bad performance".

In honor of her 50th birthday, the global superstar has announced "It's My Party: The Live Celebration" tour, which will travel to 24 cities across North America this summer. The SOUL? What did you all think of the performance and backlash? "@RecordingAcad y'all couldn't find BLACK women to do this MOTOWN tribute?!" If not J Lo, who would you have liked to see take the stage?

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