Stevie Wonder. Lionel Richie. Gladys Knight.
Those are just a few of the Motown legends who are, ahem, alive and could have been a part of the Grammys’ 60th anniversary tribute to the label that launched them and many other black artists into stardom.
But instead, we got Jenny from the Block.
Yes, Jennifer Lopez was chosen as the perfomer to salute the label with a medley that include Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Streets,” the Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman,” the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and even Teena Marie’s “Square Biz.”
Did the producers mistake this for a Selena tribute?
J.Lo has absolutely zero connection to Motown. And while she is a fierce dancer and all-around showwoman, she’s never been known for her singing chops.
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.
We would have much preferred to have Diana Ross — honored earlier in the evening — do some more Supremes oldies instead.
In the end, this was a Motown tribute only Alex Rodriguez could love.