The Worst Part of the 2019 Grammys
Last night was the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards and there were some head scratching moments like Childish Gambino winning Song and Record of the Year for “This Is America” (the song was okay at best.) and Kacey Musgraves winning Album of the Year. That last one wasn’t head scratching as much as it was disappointing, but not surprising. The worst moment of them all was Jennifer Lopez performing a tribute to Motown.
When I first heard about this last week my initial thought was “It’s not April yet? What’s with this sick joke?” Then after hearing nothing from the Recording Academy I assumed that it wasn’t happening, but then last night on the red carpet Ryan Seacrest asked her about how it felt to be doing the Motown tribute. I couldn’t believe it. My initial feelings were shock and anger. I couldn’t believe that the Recording Academy could be so stupid.
It was a slap in the face to all of the Motown artists who are still living especially Diana Ross who was IN ATTENDANCE at last night’s show. She definitely could have performed some of The Supremes hit singles and she could’ve done more of her own music. Personally, I think that she deserved the same amount of stage time as Dolly Parton, but that’s another story. Who was in the boardroom and thought: You know who we could ask to perform a tribute to Motown for this year? Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo and whoever else was in the room agreed. Shame on all of you.
That tribute if you could even call it that was a hot mess. This was a horrible decision for multiple reasons one being that Jennifer Lopez was never signed to Motown. She didn’t have a connection to any of the artists that were signed to the label nor to the founders. Also and this one is obvious: She’s not Black! I’m so confused because were there no Black artists that were available to perform? I know that a lot of the bigger artists had declined to perform at the show but how do you equate Motown with Jennifer Lopez? I don’t get it and I don’t understand why they thought this was a good idea.
The performance itself was terrible and all over the place as expected. Once I heard the opening chords of “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 I knew we were gonna be in for a train wreck. Her vocals were off as expected because let’s face it; Ms. Lopez doesn’t have the greatest singing voice. Also I was fed up when she attempted to sing “Square Biz” by Teena Marie and “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5. I know that both Michael Jackson and Teena Marie were rolling in their graves about that one. Then I guess she felt the need to put her own spin on the performance by salsa dancing and I was fed up. Salsa dancing has nothing to do with Motown. I agree with one of my Twitter followers said that the fact that this took place during Black History Month made this even worse. This Black History Month has been terrible so far anyway and this can be added to the list of terrible moments. All in all I hope that we don’t get anymore of these horrible moments at any more award shows in the future.