Jennifer Lopez performed a tribute to Motown at the Grammys Sunday night, and a large number of Twitter users were not feeling the choice.
For starters, there was general confusion over why a woman of Puerto Rican descent was selected to highlight the music of (and record label populated by) predominantly black artists. And then there were the backing vocals and the salsa dancing. Neither of those choices went over particularly well with many social media users.
“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,” a BuzzFeed News host wrote.
“J. Lo had a ghost SINGER, bro,” another verified account posted. “Like, the absolute audacity of everyone who brought that tribute to life.”
Below are a few unfavorable reactions from Twitter’s blue-check community.
Trust us, we could have posted many, many more.
JLo performing the “Motown tribute:
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) February 11, 2019
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 #GRAMMMYs
— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) February 11, 2019
The irony of the very sexy J.Lo Motown revue is that Berry Gordy had the women of Motown tame their sexy so as to not fall into the Jezebel, highly sexed trope which White America places black women in! So they could have NEVER given a performance like that, ladies at all times!
— bevysmith (@bevysmith) February 11, 2019
Liam Neeson wants to kill innocent random black men, the Virginia Governor loves black face and now The Grammys have JLo singing a Motown tribute.. #Happyblackhistorymonth
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) February 5, 2019
I love JLO but as part of a Motown tribute? Come on
— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) February 11, 2019
Watching Yolanda, Fantasia, and Andra perform made me even more confused as to why J. Lo did Motown tribute
— alex medina (@mrmedina) February 11, 2019
J. Lo had a ghost SINGER, bro. Like, the absolute audacity of everyone who brought that tribute to life.
— Jamilah the Millennial (@JamilahLemieux) February 11, 2019
I am absolutely baffled. How does J Lo, pop dance queen get tapped to lead a Motown tribute when black women exist?
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 11, 2019
I like J Lo a lot, but this ain’t it. Don’t @ me.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 11, 2019
I am here to trash J, Lo's Motown tribute. It's why I woke up this morning.
— Kima Jones (@kima_jones) February 11, 2019
— Anita Bennett (@tvanita) February 11, 2019
So yeah, J Lo had a bit of a rough night. Sunday’s awards show on CBS was much kinder to country star Kacey Musgraves and rapper Childish Gambino, who took home four gold gramophones each.
“A Star Is Born” star Lady Gaga and Roots performer Brandi Carlile earned three wins apiece. Click here to see who else was a big winner last night.
Find the earliest-available Grammys ratings here. The initial Nielsen returns were surprisingly decent — or at least, the show wasn’t as poorly received in panel homes as Lopez’s tribute was among Twitter users. Of course, we’ve already shown that the bar there wasn’t exceedingly high.