The former Yankee set up a call with Gaines, 40, after he heard J.Lo mention to friends and family that she wanted to enlist the help of the HGTV star to assist her with her own fixer upper home.
The Detroit-based record label, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, built the careers of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, and numerous other hitmakers, each with an inimitable sound that bears little similarity to that of Lopez's dance tracks and Latin pop music. "Parents were and still are turning their kids on to the music of Motown".
"I'm going to say I love his arms", Lopez decides, amid constant teasing from DeGeneres.
Turns out that Lopez had both critics and supporters afterward and Robinson tweeted her a thanks. But when the show announced that Jennifer Lopez would be included in the performance, people weren't quite sure what was going to go down. It was disgusting, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented. "After Motown, Black popular music would never again be dismissed as a minority taste..."
Without a doubt, one of the most-talked about moments from the 2019 Grammys was Jennifer Lopez's tribute to the era of Motown. As The Root pointed out, "Kelly Price was busy?" Amerie didn't want to make a cameo?
While on the show, the 49-year-old songstress also revealed that she's embarking upon a US tour in honor of her upcoming 50th birthday! Alongside Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, J.Lo performed a medley of hits from the label's heyday at the Staples Center. Following that, Grammys host Alicia Keys joined in for a sample of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", Edwin Starr's "War", and then Teena Marie's "Square Biz".
"There are SO many Motown artists who are alive and well, so why aren't these artists performing in the Motown tribute?" one viewer asked. J. Lo struck a dramatic pose, more fashion model than "a model of black capitalism, pride, and self-expression".