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He adds, "Kids of all races, worldwide, grew up loving the music of Motown, imitating our acts".

Whether an engagement ring is in Lopez's future is anyone's guess, but she revealed that Rodriguez gave her a pretty epic gift for their anniversary. Motown's stable of singers, songwriters, producers and musicians took the concept of simple, catchy pop songs to a whole new level of sophistication and, thanks to the music's roots in gospel and blues, visceral intensity... "I think anyone is upset is stupid".

Speaking to the confusion behind her involvement in the tribute, Lopez said, "The thing about music is that it inspires all".

What did U think of Lopez's Motown tribute? "[The Grammys organizers] know how much I have been influenced by that music and so it was a natural fit for them", she noted. "For some people, [it wasn't], and that's okay. Any type of music can inspire any type of artist", Lopez told Entertainment Tonight.

"This summer, I decided I wanted to do something big for my birthday since it is a big birthday", she said. It was awful, the antithesis to everything Motown ever represented. "And it's Black History Month too".

"We got a little fixer upper next to the water, and we were like, 'Oh, we gotta fix this up, it's really a house that needs work, '" Lopez explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday. Huffington Post editor Phillip Lewis posted, "I'll never understand why they didn't choose someone Black for a MOTOWN tribute". Amerie didn't want to make a cameo? "No one sent her a text?"

While on the show, the 49-year-old songstress also revealed that she's embarking upon a USA tour in honor of her upcoming 50th birthday! The room was literally full of Black artists that could have participated. She then briefly teamed up with Alicia Keys on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and sang "Another Star" with Ne-Yo, who played the piano.

Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker.


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