Jennifer Lopez stormed through a 60th anniversary tribute to Motown at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Flaunting her dancer’s figure in a glittering bodysuit, she blew through a series of dizzying dance moves with reliable showmanship.
The 49-year-old’s gig attracted online backlash before it occurred, owing to the fact that she is not black and was never signed with Motown.
She was defended by Motown icon Smokey Robinson, who slipped into a snappy scarlet and black suit and joined her onstage for the tribute.
Still more affirmation came from Motown founder Berry Gordy, who could be seen smiling in apparent enjoyment in the audience.
Jenny From The Block also shared the stage during her medley with the evening’s compere Alicia Keys for Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone, War and Square Biz.
As the tribute wore on, Jennifer leaped up onto a pink piano and lay on her back, singing up a storm as Ne-Yo accompanied her at the keys for Another Star.
She writhed enthusiastically on top of the Steinway as Ne-Yo played in front of her, cutting a dapper figure in a white suit and a black top hat.
Her lineup that night included such Motown hits as Do You Love Me?, Please Mr. Postman, Dancing In The Street and The Best Things In Life Are Free.
Smokey and Jennifer sang a duet of My Girl, a legendary song he helped write for The Temptations 55 years ago – on Sunday, he sweetly substituted ‘Jen’ for ‘girl.’